The story of houseboat living is largely unknown and one with no written account. For the first time ever you can access a hundred years of this untold history in this fascinating documentary.
Following an exhibition at Waterman's Arts Centre in September featuring film, photography, archive research and oral history interviews, Life Afloat delved into the past and the present to track the evolution of houseboat life on one of the world’s most vibrant rivers.
This fascinating documentary delves into the stories of Thames residents to uncover how tidal life for these communities has changed throughout the decades. Famous river dwellers include actor Imogen Stubbs, who likens living on a boat to ‘living in a whale or a womb’, artist Denis Postle’s comparison ‘like living inside a cello or a double bass’. Denis remarks that ‘the overarching thing about living here is realising that this is a wilderness.’ River resident Valerie Coltman reflects that ‘people thought of us as water gypsies’, and Diana Everett asserts ‘I’m in the middle of a huge city and yet it feels as though I’ve got all the space in the world.’