Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on what he saw.
Through a series of twenty six short stories, a girl describes the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. Together, they create a formally complex and emotionally intense film.
A Terrytoons cartoon about Dinky Duck, the duck the can't swim.
Writes Weiner: COLLAGED COMPONENTS COLLIDE IN THIS CARTOON - SINK OR SWIM LOOKS AS IF BUILT AS AN HOMAGE TO THE 'LOONEY TUNES' PREMISE THAT WHAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE MAKES PERFECT SENSE: AS LONG AS YOU EITHER BELIEVE - OR KNOW. A SIMPLE PRESENTATION OF A SLICE OF LIFE (EMPIRICAL REALITY) DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE THE OBJECTIVE OF SINK OR SWIM.
40-year-old Bertrand has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.
Stefan Borba was a member of a spy ring during the war but after the end of the conflict he opted out. Now he is a miner in Belgium and lives happily there with his wife Denise. Unfortunately for him, his past catches up with him. One day indeed, Milan, a secret agent with whom he used to work, resurfaces and forces him back into action...
Sink or Swim is a BBC TV sitcom from the 1980s with Peter Davison as the lead character Brian Webber. Brian Webber lives in a flat above a petrol station in London. He's trying hard to make his way in the world, thus far with limited success. His girlfriend, Sonia, is a very serious minded young woman who is passionate only about things like vegetarianism and ecology. When Brian's younger brother, Steve, arrives in London looking for somewhere to stay, his lazy, cynical, noisy "Northern lout" attitude disrupts Brian's already messy life. Like Only Fools and Horses, Sink or Swim was filmed in Bristol doubling for London. It ran for three series between 4 December 1980 and 14 October 1982 and was written by Alex Shearer, who later wrote the Nicholas Lyndhurst sitcom The Two of Us for LWT from 1986 to 1990. Production of the sitcom overlapped the first two years of Davison also starring as the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, which imposed constraints on the recording schedules.