Many of the people who have watched “The Lost World of Mr. Hardy” have written to us. We would like to share a small selection of their comments here:
"A must have 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.
Amazon.co.uk review by Brian Taylor, Lancashire
“I congratulate you on the making of the
film and your perception of the company.”
Jim Hardy, retired company director - House of Hardy, Alnwick
“A beautiful film, I really enjoyed
watching it, people with passion beautifully captured. Well
Donnie Donovan, Keeper on the River Test
“It's perfect, like a Hardy reel! I've
seen it twice (and I think, I'll watch it tomorrow morning, too).
Thanks for it!”
Levente, Pest Megre, Hungary
“I watched it last night and found it
excellent!! What a treat for all Hardy fans. Lavish and well made, I
intend to watch it again later today, it's the perfect antidote to the
frigid temperatures outside.”
Malcolm Cullen, Rod maker, Canada
“I thought I would drop you a line to let
you know how pleased my husband is with it. He is an avid Hardy fan and
your film is a delightful and informative piece of work. My husband
appreciates the engineering/quality of Hardy’s earlier
products and your film depicts that beautifully and is a very poignant
record of days gone by. He asked me to pass on his
Mrs R. Rose, Aberdeen
“An excellent production. Thanks”
Steve Oldham, N. Yorks.
“Thank you for preserving a very special
piece of our history.”
Andrew Marshall, Oxford