Introduced by Sir David Attenborough, and presented by leading environmentalist Chris Baines, The Living Thames is an odyssey along the river as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology. The film tells a hidden story. Although millions of people know the Thames, Britain’s most famous river, it is widely misunderstood and remains a mystery. Sixty years ago the Thames was severely polluted. Many people still see it as dead and dirty. The reality, however, is completely different. We made the film to tell this hidden story. In recent decades, thanks to the dedicated work of many, the Thames has made a dramatic recovery to become one of the cleanest inner-city rivers in Europe. During his journey, from Teddington at the upper tidal reach to the sea, Chris meets many people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames. We want to open people’s eyes to how truly remarkable the tidal Thames is, and just how crucial it is for connectivity, biodiversity, wildlife and migrating species. We also hope to encourage a feeling of connection to the Thames and, in turn, motivate people to join us in looking after it to ensure its continued vitality. The documentary was shortlisted for the UK Charity Films Awards 2019.
60 min. Producer and director Dorothy Leiper will attend the screening.
In English with Bulgarian subtitles.
In partnership with Thames Estuary Partnership.