Against the Tides

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Against The Tides is a documentary film about Beth French's attempt to complete the Oceans Seven within one calendar year. The 88-minute film was released on 17 May 2019 and directed by Stefan Stuckert and produced by Nick Read.

Against the Tides Trailer[edit]

Beth French Interview[edit]

Production Team[edit]

Nick Read, Producer[edit]

Nick Read is a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning filmmaker with an extensive background in documentaries. With a career spanning 25 years, and over 50 films to his credit, he has worked as a producer, director and cameraman. He has won two Foreign Press Association awards, the Rory Peck Impact Award, the Creative Diversity Award for best documentary, and is a three- times BAFTA finalist for best director & best cinematography. His most recent work — BOLSHOI BABYLON and THE CONDEMNED — has been distributed theatrically and screened at festivals around the world. BOLSHOI BABYLON was nominated for two EMMYs in September 2016.

Stefan Stuckert, Director[edit]

Stefan Stuckert is a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning director, working mainly in film and TV. He has series-directed several of Channel 4’s hugely successful DERREN BROWN shows, as well as the BAFTA-nominated documentary series TECHNOLOGY FOR LIFE. He’s also worked on the acclaimed Channel 4 comedy series PEEP SHOW. His short film MEDIUM RARE won several awards and was screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide. He’s currently developing his first feature film UNDONE, a thriller set in London.

Damian Daniel, Cinematographer[edit]

Mentored by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Danny Cohen (THE KING'S SPEECH), Damian Daniel was one of BAFTA’s ‘Brits to Watch’ in 2011. He has camera operated on big budget movies including JOHNNY ENGLISH and in 2016 he filmed his first feature documentary BOBBY about the legendary Bobby Moore.

Gary Collins, Executive Producer[edit]

Gary Collins heads Red Rock Entertainment, a UK film financing company investing in independent film projects. His most recent projects include THAT GOOD NIGHT starring the late John Hurt, THE TELL TALE HEART with Stephen Berghoff and GENESIS, THE FALL OF EDEN with John Hannah.

Keith Evans, Executive Producer[edit]

Keith Evans is the founder and managing director of Baker Street, a film financing company specialising in British independent productions. Over the past 15 years Baker Street has overseen in excess of $200m of production finance for television and feature films, including SAVING GRACE, LADIES IN LAVENDER, BLOODY SUNDAY and MY SUMMER OF LOVE.

Noel Chanan, Co-Producer[edit]

Noel Chanan is a multi-award-winning documentary editor, director and producer with over 40 years of experience and more than 130 TV credits in the UK and the USA. A trained photographer, Noel is also an expert on 19th-century photography and has written several major books on the subject.

Zero One Film[edit]

Zero One Film is an independent film production company based in Berlin, producing cinema and TV documentaries for the German and International market. Over the past 25 years the company has produced more than 100 documentaries, TV series and feature films. Many of them won international awards, including THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER, MORE THAN HONEY, THE FLAT and the infamous 24-HOURS BERLIN.


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Dave Calhoun Review[edit]

This documentary follows Somerset single mum Beth French as she attempts to swim all seven routes in one year, followed by just a small boat and a willing helper in a canoe. If you’ve ever wondered ‘what’s the point’ of trying such a thing, that’s the question this ‘Oceans Seven’ tackles head on. What drives someone to take to shark-infested waters and swim for hours and hours against dangerous currents in the pitch black? For Beth, her relationship with her young son, who might be on the autistic spectrum, is one of the motivating factors – but is this swim bringing them closer together or driving them apart? The scenes of the swims themselves are tense and engrossing, even if Beth herself remains a mystery by the end. Some key questions to do with her back story and her motivations for taking to the waters remain unanswered. But the film swims in some unexpected and challenging directions nonetheless.

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