The Houseboat

  • 27 Mar - 02 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

The Houseboat is a four-part docuseries that shows how two German musicians – Olli Schulz and Fynn Kliemann – get in over their heads renovating a houseboat moored on the Elbe River near Hamburg. It was the home of Gunter Gabriel, one of the country’s most well-known country artists, who died in 2017 after falling down a flight of stairs. There was a lot of interest in the houseboat, and Fynn managed to win the auction for 20,000 Euros. When Fynn goes into the houseboat with Gunter Gabriel’s daughter, he realises that the singer was a pretty well-established hoarder, and that most of the rest of the houseboat is not in the greatest of shape. The idea he had was to do some light renovation and make it a place for musicians to hang out, rehearse, and write music. But, once he realises how big the task is, he brings in Olli, an acquaintance from the music community, to help. Fynn hires a crew to clear out everything from the houseboat except the stuff that Gabriel’s daughter wants to keep. However, the two are becoming closer friends because of this project, and Fynn also gets annoyed when Olli supervises instead of doing actual work. To understand The Houseboat, you would likely have to understand the European houseboat culture.

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