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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Ponds

09 November, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

The Ponds will be shown on November 26 at Highgate Library Civic Centre

IT’S one way to jump the queue at the pictures – if a somewhat brave and chilly solution.

For the marvellous Dartmouth Park Film Club, based at the Highgate Library Civic Centre in Croftdown Road, are screening The Ponds, a new film based on life at the swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath by directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith.

Filmed over the course of a year, it follows those of us who are brave enough to take to the waters, no matter the weather.

The organisers of the club say: “There has been public swimming in the Ponds for over 100 years and the Ladies Pond is unique in the world. Until now there has been no film about the Ponds (though the DPFC demographic can be relied on to confirm or challenge this claim). But now there is. It’s a feature documentary about the ‘year-round swimmers of Hampstead Heath’. It is a film about a lot more than swimming – it is about friendship, personal salvation and identity. But it does, of course, have wonderful footage of swimming in the snow and in the summer.”

The film is being screened before its official release and the organisers say if “…anyone who can show a photo of themselves swimming in the ponds on the morning of the screening can jump the queue and be guaranteed entrance,” for what is sure to be a sell-out screening.

It is being shown on November 26, at 7pm for 7.30 pm.

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