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Wednesday, August 9, 2023



African premier of KZN’s very own Greig Coetzee’s film The Water Rats will run at the Hilton Arts Festival from August 11, 2023, at 18h15

During Lockdown 2020, a group of Londoners found one another while secretly (and illegally) swimming in cold, wild waters around London. They climbed fences and dodged police patrols in order to escape the claustrophobia of COVID restrictions.

Greig Coetzee and Jillian Edelstein (both from South Africa) collaborated to make this award-winning film about them, telling their story.

The first screening will include a video link to Greig in London.

This will take place at Lecture Theatre B, Hilton College, on August 11 at 18h15 and August 12, 2023, at 18h00. The duration is 50 mins.

Tickets R50 booked through Webtickets

PG 16 Language & Nudity

Hilton College is situated in Hilton Avenue in Hilton, just outside Pietermaritzburg. For more information visit

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