The Ponds

In the middle of London’s sprawling urban jungle, lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest, parkland and wildlife… plus three swimming ponds. It was here, under the spell of natural beauty, that Romantic poet John Keats wrote some of his best work. Here, people from all classes and ages take their daily swims, year in, year out, rain or shine. Meet the devotees of the Hampstead Ponds. Watch them shiver with cold, swap jokes and philosophise between two dips in the bracing, cold water. A heart-warming celebration of British eccentricity, The Ponds is not about swimming – it’s about life.

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Patrick McLennan, Samuel Smith

73’ / 59’

2018

Society and Human Interest

Rights: Worldwide, except UK

Laser Guided Productions Ltd.

UK

English

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