pumping up gina - a documentary in venice

An Irish man does everything to recover
his sunken houseboat in Venice and resume
plastic fishing for the canals of the city.


  • Caterina Tarducci: Executive Producer – Director
  • Riccardo Sartori: Executive Producer – DOP

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A compelling documentary that will make you think

On the night of November 12, 2019 Venice was surprised by the worst high tide in the last 50 years. Just once again it had happened that the water reached over 180cm, submerging everything. Daryl, an Irish man  who decided to move to Venice five years ago, was aboard his houseboat Gina which sank from the violence of the water.

Daryl: The pirate of plastic tells the story of the difficult path the Irish man has taken to recover Gina from the sea and make it habitable again. Not interested in buying another boat to avoid further impact on the environment, Daryl waits for the tide to drop to recover his boat, restore it, bring it back to light and return to fish for plastic in the canals of Venice.

Produced by Puffin Media House, the documentary explores the issues of climate change and environmental pollution and how these impact on people’s lives. Every day millions of tourists in Venice leave waste of all kinds that are transported to the sea at every high tide, making the Venetian coast one of the most polluted in the Mediterranean.
Daryl, known to locals as the Irish pirate, navigates the canals of Venice to collect plastic and raise awareness of the tourists who accompany him. He has big plans for Gina who has become a symbol against climate change and rising sea levels, which threaten cities like Venice.

A compelling and positive story that makes you reflect on the impact that each of us can have on the environment and a great starting point to try to reduce it to a minimum.

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