Synopsis: Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful look at the physicality of cold water swimming in the UK, as two friends set out to chase the sublime.
In 2007 Kate Rew founded the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) igniting a UK-wide obsession with wild swimming. She received an award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2016 for her ‘stalwart’ contributions to recreational swimming. Over the past decade, Kate, Kari Furre and the OSS have inspired thousands to take the plunge through their trademark mix of adventure, joy and enthusiasm.
This film sets out to discover what makes them do it.
Amanda Bluglass’ films and commercial work have featured on the BBC, Oprah Winfrey Network, Channel 4, Huffington Post and The Atlantic, with commissions from clients as varied as NASA, London Olympics, Samsung, Etsy, the National Trust and Photobox. She’s also an Associate Lecturer in Media Arts at Plymouth University, UK. Her first career, spanning 12 years in BBC radio/TV news saw her working with national correspondents for the Six, One and Ten o’clock News. Since embarking on freelance directing in 2006, she’s won numerous festival selections and awards for her documentary portraits and experimental films.