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The Douro River in the north of Portugal is home to the wine growing area famous for the production of Port Wine. We join a river cruising boat and travel down the river with its large locks and beautiful scenery.
In the North London district of Hampstead there is a narrow street lined with small independently owned shops including an antique dealer of world wide renown. The film covers a day from dawn to dusk as we meet and listen to the antique dealer and his staff and observe the cosmopolitan crowds who flock there. Shot on HD video it was made in 2016.
Guana Island is privately owned and is situated in the British Virgin Islands quite near Tortola, in the Caribbean. Guana was originally run as a commune with friends but is now operated as a business accepting paying guests who come to regard it is home. It is unique in that it has Nature Reserve status, being home to a rare breed of Iguanas as well as other rare species. There are no shops, one made up path, home generated electricity, its own sewage and water plant, and is quite simple but comfortable. Guests return year on year and are on familiar terms with all the unchanging staff. The beach is magical, the hills great to trek. This film attempts to give a flavour of what Guana Island is all about.
In the North London village of Hampstead there is a famous old pub called William IV. It has recently been acquired by a new owner and he has introduced innovative evening entertainment. This film observes the action and hears from a number of regulars about their experience and enjoyment of this establishment.
London's famous shopping street just before Christmas in 1971 is given the 'music montage' treatment in an impressionistic view of all the action. It is interesting to see how the scene has changed in the last forty years. The film was shot on 16mm film.
In the London of the 1960s three evening newspapers were sold on the streets. This film meets some of the men and (rarely) women, selling the papers and hears some of their stories.
On the picturesque South Devon coast there is an estuary which connects the town of Salcombe with an isolated hamlet called South Sands. People take a ferry for this journey but this is no ordinary ferry, the trip involves transferring to a sea tractor, especially constructed for the purpose. We meet and learn about the owner of the business who has been operating the ferry for over thirty years.