The Living Thames


The Living Thames is both a Charity and Latitude Film Awards winner! 


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Trailer for The Living Thames from Dorothy Leiper

Presented by Chris Baines, President of the Thames Estuary Partnership, The Living Thames is an odyssey along the river as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

Filming in Deptford…

The Thames is Britain’s most famous river. Nevertheless, many people don’t know very much about it. For millions who see it every day, it’s 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.

…and Erith

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 how crucial for connectivity, biodiversity, wildlife and migrating species. And encourage everyone to feel part of the Thames, and join in helping to look after it, to ensure its continued vitality.

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It’s a wrap!

We need your help!                         

The Living Thames was funded by voluntary donations, from individuals, companies, schools and charities. Many TEP members and supporters helped, by giving generously and by buying tickets for our fundraising boat trips in the Thames Estuary.

The film was launched, to enthusiastic response from a full house, on 29 September 2018 in the Barnes Film Festival, during the Totally Thames Festival.

We’re now working hard to reach the widest possible audience. We’ll be contacting schools in London, Kent and Essex to offer them a digital copy to show in geography classes, applying to film festivals worldwide, and helping to organise community screenings all over the Tideway.

This is why, once again, we need your help! Please give what you can to help us cover distribution expenses (including film festival entry fees, exhibition copies, venue costs) so that we can take every opportunity to show the wonder of the linear wildlife oasis flowing through Europe’s biggest city.





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