As the target of his father Harold's (Geoffrey Rush) drunken abuse, young Tony Fingleton (Jesse Spencer) escapes to the underwater solitude of the local pool, where he aspires to win Harold's love by become a national swimming champion. But when his cruel father pits Tony against his own brother in a competition to make the Olympic team, Tony must find the courage to swim his way to victory... and out of his father's emotionally crippling net.
Brilliant combination of fine Australian actors
- Swimming Upstream review by frangipaniannie
Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush; it doesn't get any finer than this. Brilliant performances by these two consummate actors; the rest of the cast are adequate,the story line is good, if not a little trite; we could have coped with a little more depth. Locations and styling give a very authentic feel; I know; I grew up in mid 60's Australia.