Swimmer is a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline of the British Isles, following a lone swimmer through lakes, rivers and coves. The film was co-commissioned by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and won a BAFTA for Best Short Film 2013.

  • United Kingdom
  • 2012, 18 min
  • Director: Lynne Ramsay
  • Director of photography: Natasha Braier
  • Editor: Adam Biskupski
  • Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay
  • Cast: Tom Litten, Niall Burton, Curtis Coker
  • Producer: Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay (b. 1969) is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer. She studied photography at Napier College, Edinburgh, then entered the National Film and Television School, where she specialized in cinematography and direction. Her graduation film, the short Small Deaths won the 1996 Cannes Prix de Jury for. Her second short film, Kill the Day (1996), won the Clermont Ferrand Prix du Jury; her third, Gasman (1998), won her another Cannes Prix du Jury in addition to a Scottish BAFTA for Best Short Film. Her full feature debut was Ratcatcher (1999), a film that was hugely awarded. Her second feature, Morvern Callar (2002 was also similarly successful at festivals and her newest film We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) premiered within the competition section in Cannes in 2011. Her short film Swimmer (2012), was co-commissioned by London Organisationing Committee of the Olympic and Paraolympic Games and won a BAFTA for Best Short Film 2013.