Oceans 7 The Film: An inspiring journey of body and mind
Setting ourselves challenges is what drives us forward. Without purpose, as humans, we often struggle to remain healthy and maintain a positive outlook on life. But, more often than not, it's the unexpected challenges, challenges that we have had no time to prepare for, that open our eyes to our true limits. It is also the challenges that cannot be seen by the outside world that can test us the most, the battles in our minds, that only we can fight.
Oceans 7 is a new independent, feature documentary by the EMMY/BAFTA-nominated filmmaking team Stefan Stuckert and Nick Read. The project started life as an adventure film following ultra-marathon, open-sea swimmer Beth French as she attempted to swim Oceans Seven. Oceans Seven is made up of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world–for extreme swimmers it is the ultimate challenge and is the sea-based equivalent of climbing the Seven Summits in mountaineering. Only a handful of people have completed the challenge and Beth set out to be the first person to conquer all seven in one year. But, when the adventure took an unexpected turn the film developed into an emotional portrayal of perseverance, strength and selflessness that now connects with its audience on many different levels.
"normally they get scoured out of the depths of your soul on channel crossings" - Beth French
Strength is not always about pushing forward, sometimes it's about knowing when to let go, when to say stop and when to put others before yourself.
Beth said that she "found grace in the water" that day which gave her the courage she needed to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life. For me this is one of nature's finest qualities. Its ability to make us feel so small and insignificant can actually provide us with the clarity and logic needed to make what can feel like impossible life choices.
It was a pleasure to be invited to the Oceans 7 crowdfunding launch event last week, held at Finisterre's London store, to raise money for the final stretch of filming. Listening to Beth talk about the challenge she took on, how she got to where she is today and how she dealt with one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make was incredibly inspiring. Beth has been through life-changing experiences and one of those experiences was developing ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and becoming wheelchair bound as a teenager. So, in support of ME and Beth's remarkable achievements, Oceans 7 have teamed up with charity 'Action for ME' and 5% of all donations made will help fund research into the mechanics of this life-changing illness.
If you'd like to know more about Oceans 7 you can watch the trailer below or visit their website and if you're keen to help the team bring the final scenes to life your donations would be greatly appreciated. (Plus there are some fantastic rewards available)
You can also...
- Follow along with the Oceans 7 journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and help to spread the word
- Follow Beth's personal journey over on her website - bethfrench.co.uk
- Explore the website of kind sponsors, the water sport and adventure clothing company Finisterre - finisterre.com