The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest

The Swimming Club

About the Filmmaker

Cecilia lives in London and works as a development producer for On the Corner Films. In 2016 she was given a grant from the United Nations Association to direct her first film for, which premiered at the BFI and was featured on The Atlantic and Short of the Week. At On The Corner, she developed “Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation” for BBC One, which won two Grierson Awards. She is passionate about finding and building narratives that illuminate and improve our world.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Create a colorscape to represent the feelings and sights of being safe in the water.

  • With whatever coloring tools you have available—crayons, paints, markers, pastels, etc.—layer colors onto a blank piece of paper to capture your experience of feeling at peace with yourself in water. Consider how you apply the color as a form of expression as well: Long, slow strokes vs. quick, short strokes communicate different things. Try to imagine yourself in the water as you work on this. Post the finished project somewhere prominent as a reminder to spend more peaceful moments in the water.
  • If you don’t have any art supplies for adding color, then use words to capture the essence. Free write about a positive experience you had in the water. Try to use evocative words that communicate the feelings you are trying to express as well as the sensation of being in the water. 


  1. Anonymous

    Excellent information to bring awareness of obstacles others endure while trying to be themselves.

  2. Anonymous

    Very peaceful story with a lot of beautiful photography. I never thought about it before, that perhaps a transgender person would feel uncomfortable at a pool. Made me really think about other places they may not feel comfortable.

  3. Stephanie

    I also hadn’t thought about pools and locker rooms as a source of potential stress, but it makes total sense that trans people would feel anxious about them. As a member of a minority group myself, I understand how challenging it is to face obstacles that the general population doesn’t face. The suicide rate statistic was particularly unsettling. Thank you for giving voice to the trans perspective in this film. I hope members of the trans community soon acquire the support and respect they deserve. Sending them love and light.


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