Audience FEEDBACK Video: WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal

WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal
Directed by Jesse May Fisher

We Were Swimming explores intimacies and tensions between two teenage girls. As the protagonist’s dreams and memories interweave with one another certain intricacies of girlhood and female friendship come to light.

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Director BIO: Jesse May Fisher

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Jesse grew up in Ireland before to moving to London to study photography at London College of Communication. She graduated as of June 2016 and currently lives and works in London. We Were Swimming is her first short narrative film.

Director Statement

Inspired by personal conversations and shared biographies that recalled the strange and overwhelming world of teenage friendship, I began exploring the vital and under-represented intricacies of girlhood. I became intrigued by these universal observations that seemed gender specific. The ominous, ambiguous, erotic and aggressively pretty nature of the visuals attempts to disorient the preconceived notions of girlhood and femininity, which are further subverted by the constant use of the colour blue. We Were Swimming is a reaction to the image of girl within a social context. Beauty rituals aid the cultural construction of femininity and for this reason can become oppressor to both girls and women. Washing and brushing long, thick hair, skin care application, actions that are, at first glance, nurturing evolve into something with a sinister significance. We Were Swimming abandons the sweet scents of girlhood to make room for a multifaceted, obscure and essential relationship. The highly aestheticized visuals coincide with a bleak voice over to create an oppositional effect; an archetype of purity and innocence with secrets, desires and darkness. Through the female gaze a coded language between young women is acknowledged.

Get to know the short film: WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Screen shot 2016 05 19 at 09.31.07We Were Swimming explores intimacies and tensions between two teenage girls. As the protagonist’s dreams and memories interweave with one another certain intricacies of girlhood and female friendship come to light.

Directed by Jesse May Fisher

News & Reviews
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Art, Surreal
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes