Watch 3 of the best adventure documentaries ever made in the tunnel leading under the Thames at The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe.
The first film is about an 85 year old granny who swims every day in the sea tottering into the water with great waves all around her. She found it helped cure her postnatal depression when she was a young woman and has been swimming in the sea ever since. A short and powerful homage to the joys of wild swimming.
By Heiðrik á Heygum. 8 minutes.
Two Norwegians find an islolated beach in the Arctic circle where they surf for 9 months in the dark. They build a beautiful cabin out of driftwood and collect rubbish on the beach. The ultimate hut fantasy film.
By Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum. 46 minutes. Winner of over 21 international film awards.
Two friends decide to row across the Indian Ocean. Far from being extreme athletes, neither had actually ever rowed before in their lives. But four months earlier, determined to prove their doubters wrong, they got their secondhand boat to the start line on the west coast of Australia, and set off.
By Ben Finney. 37 minutes. Winner: Best Film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014.
This is where engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel nearly drowned before the tunnel under the Thames opened in 1843. It was the world’s most popular visitor attraction, with a million visitors in the first three months. It is now a very special cavernous space that will help you feel excited to be living in London again.
Brunel Museum Shaft
London, SE16 4LF