Vindication Swim is coming exclusively to UK Cinemas this International Women's Day, Friday 8th March 2024

Picnik Entertainment is excited to share that their inspirational and multi-award-winning new film Vindication Swim, will be released this International Women's Day, 8th March, in celebration of the incredible achievements of Mercedes Gleitze.

Based on the inspirational true story of Mercedes Gleitze, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel,  Vindication Swim depicts Mercedes’ upstream struggle in overcoming both the cold waters of the English Channel and the oppressive society of 1920s England. However, after a rival comes forward claiming to have accomplished the same feat, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her record and her legacy.

Swimmer and boat in front of the white cliffs of Dover

The team behind Vindication Swim are thrilled to be sharing the film with an audience on International Women's Day to highlight the remarkable achievements of Mercedes Gleitze, an incredible trailblazing woman of her day, in the hope of paying a fitting tribute to Gleitze's legacy.

Writer and director Elliott Hasler said: 

It was our aim to really submerge the audience into the waters of the English Channel and in that way hope to pay homage to the spirit of this incredible woman. Everything you see on screen is real, all shot without the use of tanks, green screens or body doubles. I want audiences to feel as if they are swimming right alongside Mercedes on her incredible journey and share in her love affair with the water.

Produced by Relsah Films, Sea High Productions and Arden Entertainment the film features a standout British cast including an award-winning debut performance from Kirsten Callaghan, in the role of Mercedes Gleitze.  Vindication Swim also stars John Locke (Poor Things), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), James Wilby (Poldark) and Douglas Hodge (Joker).

Swim the Channel