South African Film Festival

The Water Rats + Q&A

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The freezing, moody waters of London’s Hampstead ponds bring together a diverse and fascinating group of Londoners, who find companionship and joy together during the Covid 19 lockdown. What is it about this group that makes it so special? Young, old, men, women, many Jewish, a Palestinian and a recovering addict discover connections with one another that verge on the spiritual. “In the water it doesn’t matter what your views are.” South African-born Jillian Edelstein, who photographed the swimmers, has won several international photography awards.  Although London-based, her work has included several projects in South Africa.   The Water Rats was a very personal project, as Edelstein was one of the swimmers.  As her projects began to slow down during the Covid 19 lockdown, Jillian said “It seemed timely to look at togetherness at a time of separation”.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    48 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Rating
    15+ Unless accompanied by an adult
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Jillian Edelstein
  • Producer
    Jillian Edelstein, Greig Coetzee
  • Cinematographer
    Jillian Edelstein
  • Editor
    Greig Coetzee
  • Music
    At Swim (Paul Gathercole and Ben Ackland).