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Patrick McLennan

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Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith co-produced and directed THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep
THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep, a film by Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith and Patrick McLennan co-produced and directed THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep

Patrick McLennan is a London-based open water swimmer and producer/director from New Zealand who has worked as a journalist and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand.

Professional Career[edit]

  • He has been a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ.
  • He has been a digital editor for Time Inc. UK’s TV magazines.
  • He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, David Byrne, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Katie Hopkins.
  • He co-produced and directed The Ponds.
  • He is the development producer for factual entertainment series, Flower Boss, for Time Inc Productions.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • He is an outdoor swimmer.
  • He completed a crossing of the Solent Channel.
  • He completed the River Dart 10K marathon swim.

Laser Guided Productions[edit]

Laser Guided Productions is a film production company by McLennan and Samuel Smith. Their first feature documentary, The Ponds, was released in the UK in 2019 to wide acclaim. The Ponds was subsequently screened on the BBC and was released worldwide in 2020.

The Ponds[edit]

THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep is a documentary film created by Laser Guided Productions about the open water swimmers who regularly enjoy the waters of Hampstead Heath in London. The film was produced by McLennan and Samuel Smith with original music by Dai Watts and executive producer Christopher Hird.

The Ponds Trailer[edit]



2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep by Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year in the following nomination: Producers Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith captured the heart and soul of the swimmers of Hampstead Heath, a well-established gathering place in London. The documentary film, created by Laser Guided Productions with original music by Dai Watts and executive producer Christopher Hird, tells the swimmers who regularly enjoy the waters of Hampstead Heath. The swimmers of all ages and from all walks of life are the subject of their documentary film THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep. For over 200 years, the beauty and tranquility of the segregated Men's, Ladies' and Mixed Ponds has drawn swimmers to relax, revive and recover from the stress of their dryland existence. For showcasing the confidence and joy of swimmers emerging from the Ponds, for presenting dramatically inspirational cases of resilience and recreation by men and women, and for presenting relatable human stories in the backdrop of a historic pond, THE PONDS, Still Waters Run Deep by producers Christopher Hird, Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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