Rob Brydon film to close Edinburgh Film Festival

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival have announced the hotly-anticipated British comedy Swimming with Men, will close the 72nd edition of the Festival on Sunday July 1.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 27th April 2018, 11:04 am
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 11:10 am
Swimming With Men is set to close the EIFF
Swimming With Men is set to close the EIFF

Directed by BAFTA nominated Oliver Parker and starring Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose with Jane Horrocks and Nathaniel Parker, Swimming with Men is predicted by many to be a feel-good summer hit.

Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers and discovers that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, give him escapism from the bumps in his work and marriage.

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Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan slowly begin to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches.

But can they get their routines, not to mention their lives, in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

Rob Brydon and Oliver Parker are expected to attend alongside other cast and filmmakers at the event.

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival commented: “Swimming with Men is a classic British comedy delight packed with a series of quite wonderful performances. It is the perfect film to wrap up a Festival that prides itself on celebrating all that is great about British filmmaking.”

Director Oliver Parker added: “It’s such an honour and a real pleasure to be having our UK premiere as the closing film at Edinburgh International Film Festival. I can’t think of a better place for our intrepid swimmers to take the plunge.”

Following its UK premiere at the Festival, distributor Vertigo Releasing will be releasing Swimming with Men on 6th July, 2018.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 27 April at 10am through the EIFF website.