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Against the Tides


British marathon swimmer and world record holder Beth French sets out to swim across seven of the world’s most dangerous sea-channels – an extreme challenge called Oceans Seven – and do it in record time: within one year.
Driven by her desire to set an example for her autistic son and to overcome a life-long, debilitating illness, Beth travels to far-flung corners of the world confronting hypothermia, sharks, jellyfish and wild weather as well as her own inner demons.
But, in an unpredictable and emotional climax, Beth’s yearning to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with a mother’s dreams for her son.


  • 'Lorraine', ITV
    "Go and see this film! It's an extraordinary story."
    Lorraine Kelly
  • London Evening Standard
    ★★★★★★"Incredibly poignant stuff!"
  • London Time Out
    "Tense and Engrossing."
    Dave Calhoun
  • BBC London
    "It's the most beautifully made film!"
    Jo Good
  • The Guardian
    “The drone shots and underwater footage dazzle and delight!”
    Leslie Felperin
  • Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin)
    "A remarkable film. Keeps you hooked until the very last minute.”

Festival Participation

  • Nordic Adventure Film Festival - 2019
    Winner, Filmic Price
  • Austin Film Festival - 2019
    Nominee Best Documentary
  • Sheffield Intl. Documentary Film Festival (Doc Fest) - 2018
    Official Selection
  • Marbella International Film Festival - 2019
    Nominee Best Documentary
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival - 2020
    Outstanding Excellence Award

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