Meerkat Films is an award-winning production company specialising in television and film. Its works range across myriad genres including drama and documentary with a vibrant portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of subjects. With offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and London, its has impressive facilities in both production and post production. It produced Crossing Hell's Mouth in 2009, a long-form documentary broadcast on BBC2 + BBC4 by producer Magnus Dennison and director Katja Roberts.
Crossing Hell's Mouth Synopsis
Crossing Hell's Mouth tells the story of Frank Chalmers, an open water swimmer who is setting off on the challenge of his life. Having successfully swum the English Channel, Frank has been training for over a year in preparation for his toughest swim yet; to cross the Pentland Firth, a notoriously treacherous stretch of water separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland and is home to some of the strongest tides in the world. The Firth has been named Hell's Mouth by seamen as its fearsome forces have earned it the reputation of being a graveyard for ships.
Most of the world's straits and channels have been swum already, leaving the Pentland Firth as one of the last undefeated swims. Local seafarers, whose lifetimes have been dictated by these unpredictable conditions, team up with Frank and his wife Ros as they set out on this moving and unexpected journey
Crossing Hell's Mouth was broadcast on BBC 2 Scotland (18 October 2009), BBC 4 National (3 August 2010), Universal Sports USA, 2011 Community Channel UK, 2011 Festivals and Awards: Best Foreign Documentary, All Sports Festival LA, 2010 Krasnogorski Sports Film Festival, Moscow, 2011.
Crossing Hell's Mouth