Chasing the Sublime

A mesmeric look at the physicality of long-distance cold water swimming by award-winning director Amanda Bluglass.
©Chasing The Sublime. Director: Amanda Bluglass 2018.



Amanda Bluglass


Amanda Bluglass


Kate Rew, Kari Furre


ALPKIT, dryrobe, Red Moon Cruises, AKUR Capital, Aquatica Digital, Outdoor Swimming Society

Running time

6 minutes

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Our Judges say:

Fabulous wild swimming film that’s fantastically well-shot and delightfully engaging. Really enjoyable little movie!

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A beautiful calm film with a soundtrack to match.

Anna Paxton

Beautiful short, graceful characters, that deep green soothe.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Loch Hourn on the Knoydart peninsula in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the last wildernesses of Europe. Access to sea lochs is difficult. Salt water mingles with fresh water as it runs off the mountains, icy even in high summer. This mesmeric film immerses us in the physicality of cold water swimming, asking why we put ourselves in the path of discomfort and risk; why does the search for adventure take us to ever more remote and inhospitable places? Join the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, 'swim twins' Kate Rew and Kari Furre, as they set out to chase the sublime.
In association with The Outdoor Swimming Society and Alpkit with support by Red Moon Cruises, Akur Captial, Dryrobe and Aquatica Digital