The anticipated feel-good British film of the summer stars Rob Brydon
Following on from Wednesday's announcement that Marc Turtletaub's drama Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, will open the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018, the organisers have announced that the UK premiere of British comedy Swimming with Men will close the festival.
The film is directed by BAFTA nominated Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband) and stars Rob Brydon, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves and Charlotte Riley. Both Rob Brydon and Oliver Parker are expected to attend the premiere along with other cast members.
The feel-good summer film centres around Rob Brydon's character Eric who joins an all-male synchronised swimming group in the midst of a mid-life crisis. It turns out to be the perfect escape from his woes and the whole team bonds over their personal struggles.
Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival said: '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.'
The full programme of the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival will be announced by EIFF Artistic on Wed 23 May. Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wed 23 May at 12 noon and are on sale to the public on Fri 25 May at 10am.
Swimming with Men is released in the UK on Fri 6 Jul.
The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.
Cast: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley
UK release: 6 July 2018
Eric (Brydon) is a melancholy accountant in middle life who joins a synchronised swim team at his local pool. This ultra-low-budget offering has a game ensemble who work terrifically well as wisecracking comrades, and Riley as good as their tough coach. It may be The Full Monty with nose clips and goggles but it keeps…