BIG RIVER MAN
Martin Strel, Slovenian national hero and b-grade action film star, is also an ultra-marathon swimmer who holds several Guinness World Records. Now the overweight, hard drinking fifty-something has the world’s most dangerous river in his sights: he will swim all 5,400 kilometres of the Amazon, dodging crocodiles and piranhas as he goes. To accompany Martin on this insane feat of human endurance, he will bring along Matthew, amateur river guide and professional gambler, and Borut, his son, Manager, PR agent and narrator of this epic journey. Part world-class sporting event, part circus sideshow, Martin set out on his 66-day swim to draw attention to pollution and deforestation. But Martin must face his own demons as he descends into a nightmare of illness and insanity mid-swim.
- John Maringouin