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The Ponds (2018)

In a world of constant flux and chaos, it's almost a shock to discover some experiences remain unchanged, natural, primitive even. In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares... See full summary »

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Patrick McLennan, Samuel Smith (co-director)
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In a world of constant flux and chaos, it's almost a shock to discover some experiences remain unchanged, natural, primitive even. In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest, parkland and wildlife, plus three swimming ponds. People take the waters in them all year round, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable. Capturing all the beauty of the English seasons, Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith filmed the swimmers over 12 months as they shivered, laughed, complained, ruminated, philosophised or simply sought respite from all that life threw at them. The Ponds is a heart-warming celebration of eccentricity and sheer bloody-mindedness as these unusual people, united by a shared passion, meet to take on whatever the weather - and life - throws at them. Written by Patrick McLennan

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Deep dive into outdooor swimming in Hampstead Ponds
20 February 2019 | by joan-lockwoodSee all my reviews

This film is delightful as it follows a community of swimmers at Hampstead Ponds throughout the year.

It has a look and feel of a home movie, but so entertaining! Gave me the inspiration needed to get back into outdoor swimming again.


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10 January 2019 (UK) See more »

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Swimming through the Seasons: The Hampstead Ponds See more »

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GBP60,000 (estimated)
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