Film Screening 20th October, 2004

Poster for Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream 

8:00 PM, 20th October, 2004

  • M
  • 101 mins
  • 2003
  • Russell Mulcahy
  • Anthony Fingleton
  • Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

In a country as swimming mad as Australia (once every four years anyway), in a shallow way this film should appeal to a wide audience. Except it isn't really about swimming. It is deeper than that. It is the true story of Tony Fingleton (Spencer), a young man who mistakenly thinks his remarkable swimming talent could be a way of making him his father's (Rush) favourite. Mr Fingleton sends young Tony the clear message that John (Draxl) is the favourite by secretly coaching John to compete against Tony in the state championships.

The questions this film raises: How could this happen in a loving family? Are swimming races this exciting in reality or was it just the superb cinematography and storytelling that made it seem that way? The question this film answers: "Neighbours" is an excellent forum for an actor to hone his skills, as exemplified by Jesse Spencer's impressive performance. An engaging film about the struggles of growing up as a middle child, but finding confidence and self respect through sport.

Alastair Wilson