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Ten-metre tower

16 minutes

Will they or won’t they? Prospective jumpers anguish at the edge of the high dive

‘Seriously, it’s a long way down.’

An ingeniously simple glimpse into the human psyche, Ten-Metre Tower observes people who have never been on a diving tower before as they consider jumping from a height of 10 metres (just under 33 feet, or the roof of a three-story house) into the pool below. The results of the informal experiment are surprisingly captivating and frequently funny, as the diverse potential jumpers attempt to rationalise the agonising decision to plummet down or turn back. A 2016-2017 film festival favourite at Berlin, Hong Kong and Sundance, the film by the Swedish directors Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson will leave you wondering: ‘Would I turn away or take the plunge?’

Director: Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson

Producer: Axel Danielson, Erik Hemmendorff


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