The Greatest Englishman

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The Greatest Englishman is a feature swimming film by Marathon Films that tells the story of Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to successfully swim the English Channel in 1875 equipped only with his moustache, doses of Brandy and a wire wool swimsuit.

The film is nominated for the WOWSA Awards' 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Justin Hardy
  • Written by Jemma Kennedy
  • Hannah Tointon ... Madeline Chaddock
  • Warren Brown ... Captain Matthew Webb
  • Steve Oram ... Professor Beckwith
  • Tim Plester ... Newspaper editor
  • Dominic Kinnaird ... Bruiser Bill
  • Tom Stourton ... J. B. Johnson
  • Terry Mynott ... Captain Paul Boyton
  • James Schlesinger ... Young Porter
  • Thomas Matthews ... Kit the henchman
  • Christopher Leveaux ... Mr. Whitby
  • David Keyes ... Captain Toms
  • Tom Cheshire ... Bob the sailor
  • Robert Goodale ... Dr. Webb
  • John Heartstone ... Tavern a Occupant
  • Georgia Maguire ... Agnes Beckwith
  • Keira Jane Malik ... Meg
  • Charlotte Gallagher ... Mrs. Keyes
  • Jonathan Christie ... Doctor
  • Charles Reston ... Dr. Thomas Webb
  • Curran McKay ... Ned
  • Alex Britton ... Ned the henchman
  • Brice Stratford ... Frank
  • Jake Lea-Wilson ... Gala swimmer 1
  • Jack Fishburn ... George the Rower
  • Ivan Wilkinson ... Doug the sailor
  • Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman ... Priya
  • Larissa Hardy ... Mrs. Beckwith
  • James Gray ... Butler
  • Richard Holt ... Liam
  • Jonny Roberts ... Gala swimmer 2
  • Summer Hardy ... Beckwith child
  • Sam Hardy ... Beckwith child
  • Finn Salter ... Bookie's runner
  • Ludo Hardy ... Beckwith child
  • Nico Hardy ... Drowning boy
  • William Donaldson ... Shop Keeper


  • Jack Fishburn ... producer
  • Peter Miller ... line producer
  • Lisa Mitchell ... associate producer
  • Muireann Price ... producer
  • Paula Prynn ... executive producer
  • James Salter ... executive producer
  • Mark Sandell ... consulting producer
  • John Toba ... executive producer


  • British Sea Power


  • Matthew Wicks

Film Editing

  • Adam Green
  • Damian Knight


  • Sasha Robertson

Marathon Films

Marathon Films aims to make films which tell the stories of unsung British heroes. The Greatest Englishman stars Warren Brown, Steve Oram and Georgia Maguire. The film is set to be released in autumn 2014.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

"The Greatest Englishman by Marathon Films is a dramatic, inspirational film about Captain Matthew Webb and his historic crossing of the English Channel in 1875. The producers at Marathon Films, who include English Channel swimmer James Salter, create films that tell the eccentric stories of heroes who changed the world. Captain Webb most certainly transformed the mindset of endurance athletes and adventurers, both on land and in the water. The film intersperses scenes of Captain Webb swimming in the Channel with flashbacks to explore his motives and the character traits that drove him to tackle the unknown and the unprecedented. For capturing the inspirational life of Captain Webb in bold living color, for bringing to the modern screen the era and mindset of one of the world's greatest adventurers, an icon in the open water world, The Greatest Englishman is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees

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