The Lost World of Mr Hardy

Documentary on limited release is a must for all fly fishers

Once upon a time people made things with their hands, beautiful, intricate items like cane fishing rods and exotic salmon flies. One company did this best; Hardys of Alnwick. They were loved the world over, their fishing tackle adored by royalty, maharajas and film stars alike. Their attention to detail and quality brought a sense of fulfillment and pride to the job. Fifty years working at Hardys created an incredible sense of community where generations of families worked together. Now this has all but gone and we live in a world of mass production, globalisation and outsourcing. But do we miss those days? Is there something special about the pride and feel of the handmade that suggests a missing need in our everyday life?

Directed by Andy Heathcote, this lovingly-made documentary explores the art of making beautiful and functional fishing tackle the Hardys of Alnwick way through 93 minutes of absolutely riveting viewing.

It is being screened, with film director introduction and Q&A, at the following venues:

Nov 6th – Ludlow Shropshire – Assembly Rooms,
Nov 15th- Torrington Devon – The Plough Arts Centre,
Nov 18th – Derby– Derbyshire – Quad Cinema
Nov 22nd – Newbury, Berkshire – Corn Exchange
Dec 3rd – Hailsham, East Sussex – Pavilion
Jan 26th – Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema
Jan 27th – Alnwick, Northumberland – Playhouse
Jan 28th – Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland – The Maltings
Jan 31st – Norwich – Cinema City
with Street Somerset, Totnes Devon and Saffron Walden Essex to follow soon

Anglers can visit the official film website and find out about all screenings at

or watch the trailer at