From the UK's Youngest Film Director Elliott Hasler; the visionary filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed 'Charlie's Letters', comes a new feature-length production inspired by the true story of the first English woman to swim the Channel.
In the shadow of WW1, swimmer Mercedes Gleitze fights to overcome the patriarchal society of 1920s England, along with her troubled coach, in order to become the first English woman to swim the Channel. However, when a rival comes forward claiming to have already accomplished the feat, Gleitze is forced to battle against the Channel Swimming Association in order to retain her record and her legacy.
Risks and challenges
With the critically acclaimed 'Charlie's Letters' under his belt, Director Elliott Hasler has demonstrated his ability to accurately and effectively helm a feature-length cinematic venture, which abides by the highest possible production values whilst ensuring it stays firmly on schedule and budget.
Shooting on the open ocean will undoubtedly present certain challenges. However these have been accounted for and contact has already been made with a Channel swimming veteran, who has agreed to serve as an adviser on the film. Likewise the dangers posed by filming in the water have also been accounted for and a qualified lifeguard will be present at all times while the shoot is underway.
Finally there are also challenges regarding the period aspect of the production. Again solutions to such problems can be derived from Hasler's earlier projects, with 'Charlie's Letters' receiving significant praise for its accurate depictions of both wartime England and Italy despite enjoying a mere £3,000 budget. Therefore on a project with significantly higher financial backing, the risks and challenges associated with the period aspect of the film are rendered invalid.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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