Ian Thorpe talks new swimming drama ‘Streamline’

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A new swimming drama film produced by Ian Thorpe, Streamline, is premiering in Melbourne next week.

The retired Olympic swimmer was warmly welcomed by Aussies to TV screens as a commentator during the coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Thorpe is also executive producing new Gold Coast film Streamline, which tells the story of a teenage swimming prodigy.

The film follows the talented teenage athlete, played by Jasper Jones actor Levi Miller (above right), who wants to make it to the Olympics but is grappling with the pressures of elite sport.

The character is also dealing with the return of his abusive father into his life.

Ian Thorpe told Seven’s Sunrise he got involved with the project because he felt he could contribute to the already strong screenplay.

“I’ve been given different scripts for films over a period of time,” he said.

“This was the first one that I connected with and wanted to be involved with.

“Screenwriter-director Tyson Wade Johnston is exceptional and he came to me with this piece and I felt I could contribute to it.”

Streamline was filmed on Queensland’s Gold Coast

Streamline was filmed on the Gold Coast, and Ian Thorpe also makes a small cameo in the movie.

“It’s a coming-of-age story, it’s a drama about a young man realising what he can do and having all of the potential in the world,” he said.

“And then having to realise that he is exceptional.

“Everyone else sees the talent, but he’s struggling with his own life.”

Among the input Thorpe gave to the cast members was teaching them the “mannerisms” of pro swimmers to give the film authenticity.

“We wanted to get it right,” he said.

“There are so many films that I’ve seen where I look at the swimmers and they’ve got no idea what they’re doing.

“We didn’t want that to be the case in this film.”

Ian Thorpe-produced drama premiering next week

Streamline will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next week.

While the festival’s screenings in Melbourne have been cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown, Streamline will screen in regional Victorian theatres next week.

The film will then open in select cinemas on September 2. It will also come to streaming on Stan in Australia later in the year.

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  1. Peter Turner
    12 August 2021

    Is this the same Ian Thorpe who blatantly stated that only beautiful people should wear his line of men’s underwear? God knows what happened to that venture.

    Maybe another attempt at relevance.

    • Luigi Jones
      12 September 2021

      So many reviewers get this wrong. This is NOT about Thorpes life story at all – he was there to help Levi Miller with the swim technique and mental attitude of a swimmer. That’s it. But odd isn’t it that he is the only one of the ENTIRE cast or crew including Director Writer to promote the film

  2. Sharon Mitchell
    17 September 2021

    Absolutely loved this film. It was raw and covered the complexities of family violence so well and the choices people make in order to break the cycle. Just so well put together and engaging from start to finish.
    Make sure you keel the tissues handy.

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