Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.
The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.
Eric slowly realises that there’s strength in numbers and that if this unlikely band of misfits can become a real team they might just have a shot at winning the Unofficial Male Synch-Swimming World Championships – and maybe even at turning their lives around.
I am looking forward to working with Olly and a great cast, bringing this wonderful script to the screen.
Oliver Parker, Director of Swimming with Men went on to comment;
It’s a real privilege to be working with a British ensemble of such high calibre – and to chuck them in the pool.
Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley and Thomas Turgoose join the ensemble British comedy directed by Oliver Parker, with Nathaniel Parker and Jane Horrocks rounding up the star-studded cast.
Produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of Met Film (The Great Hip Hop Hoax, The Infidel) and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood, 10×10), in association with Amp Film. Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement, Eastern Promises, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and Guy Heeley (Locke, Redemption) of Shoebox Films.