Coming Soon This International Women’s Day 2024…

Coming Soon This International Women’s Day 2024…

A NEW FILM will chart the incredible achievements of Mercedes Gleitze who was the first woman to swim the English Channel in the 1920s.

Glamorous Gleitze – a star swimmer of the 1920s. Credit Wiki Comms…

The film will be released on the 8th March on International Women’s Day – the annual celebration of the achievements of women in society. 

Gleitze was born in 1900 and passed in 1981.

She was the first person to swim the Straits of Gibraltar. She then went on to swim the English Channel in 1927.

The record was in doubt though as another woman claimed to have swum the channel faster. She had to take another swim called the Vindication Swim. The woman who claimed she had swum faster than Gleitze made a fabrication diluting the achievement of Gleitze’s incredible feat.

Gleitze’s name is used in the advertising of Rolex watches.

There were a string of other feats across Europe in Austria.

In 1875, Webb swam from Dover to Calais in less than 22 hours. This made him a celebrity, and he performed many stunts in public. He died trying to swim the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls, a feat declared impossible.

Masudur Rahman Baidya (Bengaliমাসুদুর রহমান বৈদ্য) (1968 – 26 April 2015) was an Indian swimmer who was the world’s first physically disabled swimmer to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar.[1

The same Strait as Gleitze had swum.

Film writer and Director Elliot Hasler said: “It was our aim to really submerge the audience into the water’s of the English Channel and in that way hoped to pay homage to the spiriti of this incredible woman. Everything you see on screen is real, all shot without the use of tanks, green screens, or body doubles.”

He add: “I want audiences to feel as if they are swimming with Mercedes on her incredible journey and share in her love affair with the water.”

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Chris Gaynor

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