About The Production
Twentieth Century Fox presents a
GreeneSteet Films / Cobalt Media Group / Furthur Films production,
starring Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, and Shin Appleby in SWIMFAN. The
film also stars Kate Burton and Dan Hedaya. It is directed by John Polson,
written by Charles Bohl & Phillip Schneider, and produced by John Penotti,
Allison Lyon Segan, and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. Executive producers are Fisher
Stevens and Tim Williams.
The director of photography is Giles Nuttgens, the production designer is Kalina
and the editor is Sarah Flack. Arjun Bhasin is the costume designer, with Marcy
Drogin, Jamie Gordon and
Bradley Yonover serving as co-producers. The original score is by Louis Febre, music themes are by John
Debney, and the executive music producer is Alex Steyermark. Casting is by Mindy Mann, CSA and Amanda Harding.
SWIMFAN represents the combined efforts of independent production companies GreeneStreet Films (which last year
produced the OscarĀ® nominated "In the Bedroom" and the acclaimed
"Pinero") and Michael Douglas' Further Films, and a team of talented
filmmakers and actors, to bring something new to the thriller genre. While
SWIMFAN's principal characters are young men and women, GreeneStreet and
Furthur were intent on not condescending to their potential audience. To that
end, during pre-production, the filmmakers visited a Westchester, New York high
school, where they had a series of revelatory meetings with students. "We
learned that these young people wanted to see a movie
that challenged them as well as provided the usual thrills," says producer
John Penotti. "They wanted to see something that didn't talk down to
GreeneSteet and Furthur, armed with a
script by Charles Bohl & Phillip Schneider, approached award-winning
Australian actor and filmmaker John Polson to direct. Having recently directed a
comedy, "Siam Sunset," which became a worldwide film festival hit,
Polson, who also is renowned for being the founder of Australia's popular
short film festival, Tropfest, was not the obvious choice to helm a thriller.
But Polson's vision for SWIMFAN's fresh approach to the genre, and what
producer Allison Lyon Segan calls his "strong directorial hand"
evidenced in "Siam Sunset," were key qualities GreeneStreet and
Furthur wanted for their film.
Polson welcomed the challenges of
working in a new genre. "The idea of making a film that had audiences at
the edge of their seats really appealed to me," he recalls. The director
also was intrigued by the themes in the Bohl & Schneider screenplay. "I'm
interested in the idea of the failure of human nature," Polson explains.
"SWIMFAN is a morality tale about a guy who's got everything going for
him and the world at his feet. Including a girl he's completely in love with
and a career ahead of him that's going to be magic. Then one day he makes one
mistake — but it's a big one."
Polson was completely in sync with the
producers' desire to make a different kind of teen thriller. "I wanted to
make a movie that's intelligent and pushes all the right buttons with
audiences," says the director. "A thriller that happens to be about
teens, not a 'teen thriller."'
At the vortex of SWIMFAN's thrills is Ben
Cronin, a high school senior whose bright future is torn apart by the arrival of
the seductive new girl in town. Taking on the role is Jesse Bradford, whose
burst upon the movie scene in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed drama "King
of the Hill," and has since gone on to star in such films as "William
Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," Bring It On" and "Clockstoppers."
Bradford had just completed work on the latter and was not eager to jump into
another project right away. He quickly changed his mind a
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