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Swimming with Men is a 2018 British comedy film starring Rob Brydon, Jane Horrocks, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Thomas Turgoose, Jim Carter, Adeel Akhtar and Charlotte Riley. It was directed by Oliver Parker.[1][2]

Swimming with Men
Directed byOliver Parker
Produced byStewart Le Marechal
Anna Mohr-Pietsch
Maggie Monteith
Screenplay byAschlin Ditta
Based onMen Who Swim
Music byCharlie Mole
CinematographyDavid Raedeker
Edited byLiana Del Giudice
  • Met Film Production
  • Dignity Film Finance
  • Shoebox Films
  • Amp Film
  • Kerris Films
  • Umedia
Distributed byGEM Entertainment
Release date
  • 6 July 2018 (2018-07-06) (United Kingdom)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Screenwriter Aschlin Ditta based the script on the 2010 Swedish documentary Men Who Swim.[3]



When accountant Eric, (Brydon), seeks to win back his wife Heather (Horrocks), he stumbles upon a solution in the form of a male synchronised swimming team: Men Who Swim. Joining his local team, Eric finds brotherhood in this crew as they train for the world championships in Milan.



The 'nicked' cameras featured in the film are Olfi one.five action cameras. Many underwater parts of film are produced from the cameras. The scenes from the Championship / Competition were filmed at the 25/50 metre pool in Basildon Sporting Village.


The film closed the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 1 July 2018 before going on general release in the UK on 4 July.[4]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 44% based on reviews from 25 critics. The site's consensus states: "Swimming with Men touches on thought-provoking themes surrounding modern masculinity, but ultimately never manages to do much more than tread water."

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 3/5.[1] Empire gave it two stars and compared it unfavorably to The Full Monty.[5]


  1. ^ a b Swimming With Men review The Guardian, 5 July 2018
  2. ^ "Swimming With Men review: Isn't as funny as we want it to be".
  3. ^ Swimming with Men review The Guardian, Simran Hans, 8 July 2018
  4. ^ "News: Release Date Confirmed For Swimming With Men Starring Rob Brydon". Beyond The Joke. 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ Swimming with Men review Empire Online

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