Floating After Farley

Director: Martine Blue
Genre: Lifestyle

Inspired by stories of iconic writer Farley Mowat living in his leaky sailboat at the end of their wharf in 1960, filmmakers Martine & Isaac Blue buy a 30 foot sailboat and retrace Farley’s adventures navigating the southern coast of Newfoundland. The couple uncovers the real life characters and places Farley immortalized in his hilarious memoir The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float. This literary odyssey takes a personal turn as the Blues discover uncanny parallels with Farley’s voyages including battling the will of their cranky old boat True North.

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Episodes

Episode 1 - Finding True North

Inspired by Farley and his publisher Jack McClelland, who bought a 30 foot jack boat they named Happy Adventure, Isaac & Martine find their dreamboat, get a sailing lesson and attempt to bribe The Old Man Of The Sea to deactivate a raging tropical storm.

Episode 2 - The Boat Who WILL Float

It’s not exactly smooth sailing for Martine and Isaac. As they struggle with engine issues, we meet their neighbour Gerald who helped Farley when he drifted into Spoon Cove.

Episode 3 - Farley’s Curse

At last underway, Martine discovers that living on a sailboat is not quite as romantic and serene as the images of sailboats conjure in our minds.

Episode 4 - The Old Man Of The Sea Hates Me

Martine and Isaac get caught in stormy seas as friends, family and Farley himself relate conflicting tales of his seamanship.

Episode 5 - Bay of Spirits

Martine and Isaac sail to Farley’s favourite haunt, the fjords of Bay D’Espoir. Isaac and Martine meet folks he befriended, including Chief Mi’sel Joe, an author he inspired.

Episode 6 - Weirdest Curse Ever!

Martine and Isaac land on a magical island where they fall under the same spell that enchanted Farley and Claire over 50 years ago.

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