Light Cinema to host Q&A ahead of nationwide release of ‘Vindication Swim’

Feature film, Vindication Swim, is coming to New Brighton on 26 February for an exclusive Q&A preview screening at The Light Cinema, before its nationwide release on 8 March in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The post-screening Q&A will feature award-winning writer/director Elliott Hasler alongside lead actors Kirsten Callaghan and John Locke (Poor Things, Darkest Hour, The Favourite).

Vindication Swim dives into the extraordinary life of Mercedes Gleitze, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel.

The film depicts Mercedes’ upstream struggle in overcoming both the cold waters of the English Channel and the oppressive society of 1920s England. However, after a rival comes forward claiming to have accomplished the same feat, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her record and her legacy.

Kirsten Callaghan as Mercedes Gleitze. Credit: Relsah Films

Mercedes Gleitze, a name that has been largely lost to history, also became the first person to complete many other incredible swims around the world, including the Straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles, and Robben Island to Cape Town.

Mercedes also made waves in Liverpool, where in March 1930, she completed a mammoth 31 hour endurance swim at the iconic Westminster Road Baths in Kirkdale, witnessed by many hundreds of people.

The inclusion of Liverpool within the legacy of Mercedes Gleitze adds a local touch to this global narrative, celebrating the resilience and spirit of a woman who dared to challenge the status quo.

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