Swimming Upstream ★★ 2003 (PG-13)
Dysfunctional family drama with a sports twist based on a true story. Screenwriter/exec producer Anthony Fingleton fictionalizes his own story of competitive swimming during the 50s and 60s in Brisbane, Australia. His career did not reach true heights due to an overbearing and increasingly violent alcoholic father. Perhaps this poorly executed film had a more cathartic effect on the creator than it does on an audience. 113m/C DVD . Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Deborah Kennedy, Mark Hembrow, Melissa Thomas, Tim Draxl, David Hoflin, Craig Horner, Brittany Byrnes, Mitchell Dellevergin, Thomas Davidson, Kain O'Keefe, Robert Quinn, Keeara Byrnes, Des Drury, Dawn Fraser, Remi Broadway, Murray Rose; D: Russell Mulcahy; W: Anthony Fingleton; C: Martin McGrath; M: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek.