The Lost World Of Mr. Hardy tells the story of the Hardy tackle company by way of glorious archive films and photographs, and interviews with current and retired Hardy workers, with contributions from modern independent craftsmen, notably reel maker Chris Lythe and rod maker Edward Barder. It is nostalgic and romantic. On one level an historic record, on another a lament for lost manufacturing prowess... Simply, you are left wanting more. This is a beautiful film, several cuts above much angling viewing, and one that could be broadcast on mainstream television. Essential. Richard Baker
Richard Baker, Trout & Salmon Magazine (May 08)
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"I can't recommend it highly enough"
When The Lost World of Mr Hardy arrived I sat down to grab a few minutes viewing over a cup of coffeee. Ninety three minutes later I watched the last frame... We can get the film quality out of the way quite quickly: superb image quality, first class editing, excellent sound, pleasing original music. A good start then... An exceptionally well made, hugely entertaining and thought-provoking documentary - I can't recommend it highly enough!
Magnus Angus, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine (May 08)
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Filmmakers Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier have created an excellent documentary and the big companies could learn a thing from these two independent film makers. This DVD will appeal to all who have a passion for angling and I think it will be a future classic. I therefore give it 10 out of 10.
Bryan Baron, Fishingmagic.com website (April 08)
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“Only the best is good
said J.J. Hardy at the end of the 19th century and how right he was. The name Hardy has been synonymous with the best in angling for 135 years, a name to stir the heart of many a fisherman.’
This is a quote taken from the cover of a DVD: ‘The Lost World of Mr. Hardy’ and it saddens me greatly that the name no longer exists, except as a significant part of angling history.
I am passionate about the preservation of angling history, for it is so easily lost, and film-makers, Andy Heathcote & Heike Bachelier have contributed greatly to that by producing this DVD. In it, you will see and hear James L. Hardy, and the craftsmen whose skills produced some of the finest fishing tackle in the world. It was truly a golden age of rod and reel development associated with some of our greatest anglers such as Richard Walker, Fred J. Taylor and Fred Buller.
This film will rightly take its place in the archives which are so essential to angling heritage, and I applaud the makers for their insight.
Sandra Armishaw, River Reads,
"A lush and beautifully made film"
...and a real treat for anyone interested in the traditions of quality vintage fishing tackle and the history of Hardy's. The filming is excellent and has the feel of a big screen production rather than that of a television documentary. You will find no snappy editing or quick 'bites'; there is plenty of time to enjoy the places and the people involved, both past and present, in making fine fishing tackle. The music has been specially composed by Stephen Daltry, and I am sure many will be ordering the film score music CD when it is available from Trufflepig Films.
The Lost World of Mr.Hardy is a film to enjoy again and again, not just for the information but for a hefty dose of that misty, nostalgic comfort of the past. It shows the age of the British Empire, when Hardy's were at the top of their game, their fishing tackle the best, created mostly by hand in Alnwick by the people who used it. The film has been described as a 'requiem' for British manufacturing in the face of global competition, but that aspect is almost incidental to the main theme, which is the very human story behind the manufacture of what was the finest fishing tackle in the world.
Malcolm Cullen, Pure Piscator Website,
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"Only the best is good enough for fishermen"
... and though it was fishing tackle that John James Hardy Jr. had in mind when he uttered that line near the end of the 19th century, after viewing this documentary one might surmise that J.J.'s words are indeed prophetic, as they have come to embrace the efforts of Heathcote and Bachelier and their film, The Lost World of Mr. Hardy.
Though The Lost World could stand alone on the anecdotes of former Hardys directors and employees or perhaps even composer, Stephen Daltrys' music, particularly intriguing is the way the filmmakers chose to incorporate present-day rod and reel makers, Edward Barder and Chris Lythe ... their inclusion brings the film full-circle and thus fulfills Andy Heathcote's desire that we "Be inspired by a poignant reflection of the world we live in and the myriad ways it has changed over 130 years."
As I reflected on my first go at The Lost World of Mr Hardy, I found myself at once, not only wrestling with a sense of loss, but also nuturing rekindled feelings of adoration for those who churned out and stamped their intitials into my Hardy reels ... one reel at a time.
Shoeless Joe, Clarks Classic Fly Rod Forum
I have just watched The Lost World of Mr Hardy. Wonderful! I feel like I’ve just been to the cinema and am still totally captured by the experience. What keeps coming to my mind is how this is just such a superb, magnificent story, capturing our changing world over the years up until our modern day so very well. How different is the language of today’s contemporary manager. Equally interesting for non-anglers, the film manages to show the real value of craftsmen and of the handmade. Touching interviews. Humour and wisdom. Once again: wonderful!"
Ralf Koss, Journalist (Cologne, Germany)