The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue makes a splash at Sheffield music and film festival

Sheffield Unchained contributer and photographer Jordanna Farrimond reviews an unusual film screening of The Big Blue by the independent festival Sensoria last weekend.

Film director Luc Besson might have been surprised and delighted to see his film The Big Blue showing at an outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage, Derbyshire last weekend.

This unique venue was chosen by Sensoria, an independent Sheffield festival exploring the intersection between music and film. Director Jo Wingate said they chose the Hathersage swimming pool as they liked the setting and the idea of supporting a historical site.

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The event was run as a fundraiser for the swimming pool and they took advantage of the setting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Big Blue.

The film tells the story of two childhood friends, their love of diving and their desire to compete. Appropriately, splashes and giggling could be heard from the swimmers watching Jean Reno play the loveable but ridiculous character Enzo. As daylight faded and the crowd quietened the theme changed and blue light from the film could be seen reflecting off the still water.

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue is a cult classic in the diving world and the event attracted many swimming and diving enthusiasts. Poolside cinema would probably become popular if it was a regular occurrence, with many wild swimmers calling Sheffield home.

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The soundtrack to the film, despite its 80s feel, is hypnotic and metallic and all the more entrancing in this unique setting. Swimmers were treated to an extraordinary experience from the underwater speakers, which allowed them to hear the synthesised score from underneath the surface.

As a keen swimmer and wild water-swimming nut I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Big Blue from within the water. I believe that physically immersing yourself in water, something so beautiful and calming, is an otherworldly experience. Watching the main character Jacques become consumed by his obsession with the sea was a lot more powerful from an underwater perspective.

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna FarrimondThe Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

The Big Blue srceening at Sensoria, Photo by Jordanna Farrimond

Read our full article on Sensoria as Sheffield Unchained editor Marishka talks to the founder, Jo Wingate, about the birth of Sensoria and her desire to encourage and support local creative talent.