EXTRA,  FEATURES,  January 2024

Rising swim stars

Rowan Clarke investigates swimming films, and how open water inspires filmmaking

Since Esther Williams portrayed a swimming star in The One Piece Bathing Suit in 1952, outdoor swimming has held a fascinating place on our screens. But what is it about outdoor swimming that inspires filmmakers? Perhaps it’s the natural drama of open water as an allegorical and literal conveyor of stories.

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