A mesmeric look at the physicality of cold water swimming by award winning director Amanda Bluglass

Chasing the Sublime is a mesmeric look at why adventurers adventure, and swimmers swim. Shot in Loch Hourn, Scotland, in 2018, the film documents the swimming adventures of Kate Rew and Kari Furre of the Outdoor Swimming Society.

Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure?

Loch Hourn on the Knoydart peninsula in the Western Isles of Scotland is regarded as one of the last wildernesses of Europe. Access to sea lochs is difficult. Salt water mingles with fresh water as it runs off the mountains, icy even in high summer. This mesmeric film immerses us in the physicality of cold water swimming, asking why does the search for adventure take us to ever more remote and inhospitable places? Why are the hardships of swimming so inextricably linked with it’s highs and appeal? Join the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, as they set out to chase the sublime.






Upcoming events featuring the full length film:

  • SHAFF: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, March 22- 24th. Details and tickets.
  • Four Seasons Film Festival, Thursday 21st March. Four Seasons Film Festival is a boutique independent day film festival held by the BFI Film Forever in London in March. Tickets.
  • DocLands, California Film Institute, San Francisco, May 2nd-5th, 2019. Details.
  • Buxton Adventure Festival, Tuesday 4th June. Kate Rew being interviewed by Natasha Brooks about what makes a good adventure, at a screening of Chasing The Sublime. Tickets.


  • Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, on Interntaional Women’s Day, 8th March. Details
  • Underwater Series for Down the Shaft Film Club, 7th and 21st March 2019. Details.
  • The film premiered at Kendal Mountain Film Festival in November 2018.

Sponsored by The Outdoor Swimming Society in association with Alpkit, with Red Moon Cruises, Akur Capital, Dryrobe and Aquatica Digital