For a copy of the full length short film, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a link or DVD. Below is an excerpt from The Drowners, the “Underwater Sleeping Beauty Show”:
Shot on 35mm and HD underwater, The Drowners is a film that underlines the powerful and unique intoxication of love, the uniqueness of emotional connection, and the idea of romantic and sexual tension within a microcosm. The action takes place within a synchronised swimming team, who are preparing for a production of The Sleeping Beauty that recalls the grandeur and spectacle of the 1930s synchronised swimming films. A new swimmer enters the club, and an uneasy romance develops between her and the protagonist, Charlotte. The upcoming show presents a ticking clock against which Charlotte must act or risk losing love forever. The film is not simply a beautiful romance; it is also an exploration of the sinister side of love and romance, against a backdrop of stunning exquisiteness.
Shot on location in London, starring Christien le Roux, Caroline Haines, Rebecca Kemnitz and the prestigious Aquabatix swim team.
AWARDED Most Promising Talent 2010 by BAFTA/BBC.
ADDED into the BFI National Archive.
NOMINATED Best Newcomer Rushes Soho Shorts
SCREENED at Cork International Film Festival 2009, ICA and BFI Southbank throughout 2009 and 2010.
Charlotte Christien Le Roux
Jenny Caroline Haines
Amanda Rebecca Kemnitz
Coach Jim Ford
Male Swimmer Robert Bear
Man in Bed Matthew Hansell
Singer Murren Tullet
Written and Directed By Catherine Taylor
Cinematographer Carolina Marsiaj Costa
Production Designer Erica Luke
Editor Joseph D’Ovidio
Sound Recording Matthew Hansell
Sound Designer Ross Tregenza
Producer Romain Choay
Make Up Supervisor Sammm Agnew
Camera Operator Jack Newman
Neil Moodie, Ricardo Rangel, Bromfman Family, Gley Costa, Dolly Sen
William Raban, Jackson Jessop, Sal Anderson, Carlton Boulter, Phillip Cooper at Arri Media, Sandro Leone at Arri Lighting, Millie Morrow at Fuji, Paul Dray at Deluxe, Rachel Watmough at Midnight Transfer, Vortex Jazz Club and Trevor Gerard, Stephen Line at Location Hire, Mark Greaves at Panalux, Irresistible Films, H & H Van Hire, Ali and Peckham swimming pool, Reynell Family.
“Nevada Dawn”. Written by Ross Tregenza. Performed by Goteki. Copyright control Alphastar Records 2009
“Song About a Girl”. Written by Ross Tregenza. Performed by Goteki. Copyright control Alphastar Records 2006
1.85:1 Aspect Ratio 35mm/DVCPro HD Format Running length: 12m23s
Surround sound 5.1 in selected theatres, stereo version available
More details on IMDB
Photos by Erica Luke