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This review is from: The Lost World of Mr Hardy [DVD] (DVD)
Angling purists, social historians, anyone who fishes, has North East connections, Hardy collectors and everyone who respects tradition must watch this DVD, "The Lost world of Mr Hardy."
For in it, Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier have distilled the essence of Britishness.
On one level it pays tribute to the great British artisans, the craftsmen and women of Alnwick, those Hardy employees who created the world's finest fishing kit. Over 100 years of excellence is seen through the eyes of those who were intimately involved. It relates personal stories of the people who were there. Interviews and archive film footage are skilfully woven to paint a wonderful portrait of a bygone age.
On a second level, it is a requiem for UK manufacturing and a toll of the bells for our industrial heritage. A wake up call to what globalisation means to our traditions and a realisation that things will never be the same again.
On yet a third level, it is a widening beacon of light for those who want to achieve the `British Dream' (similar to the American one but quieter and more reserved). It shows that individuals can uphold the core values and skills of previous generations and turn them into cottage industries.
On a personal level, my old Hardy rods and reels just became so much more important to me.
Superb editing and evocative music made this a joy to watch.