Vindication Swim comes to Clapham Picutrehouse for IWD

Vindication Swim comes to Clapham Picturehouse for International Women’s Day

New film about the first woman to swim the English channel is having a very special screening

Photo credit: Studio Essy

New biographical film Vindication Swim comes to Picturehouse Clapham for International Women’s Day on 8th March.

Vindication Swim looks at the extraordinary life of Brightonian Mercedes Gleitze, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel.

The film follows Mercedes’ upstream struggle in overcoming the cold waters of the English Channel and the oppressive society of 1920s England.

But after a rival comes forward claiming to have accomplished the same challenge, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her record and defend her reputation.

The determined swimmer also became the first person to complete many other incredible swims around the world, including the Straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles and distance between Robben Island and Cape Town.

Relsah Productions hopes that the release of this new film starring British-Irish actress Kirsten Callaghan as the lead role raises the profile of Gleitze.

The film is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Elliott Hasler from Hove and those wanting to find out more about this iconic picture can attend a Q&A with the director and cast on 12th March at the Picturehouse in Clapham.

Images left to right: Kirsten Gallaghan and Justin Hayward (c) Kevin Harwood / Kirsten Gallaghan and John Locke (c) Stewart Weir / Victoria Summer and David Aitchison (c) Janet Brown