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Bristol Film and Video Society

This is an extremely ambitious historical, dramatised documentary about the 15th- Century explorer, John Cabot (Geoff Salter), who wants to lead an exploration to sail west to Cathay and 'Japango'. Born in Genoa, he eventually approaches the Doge of Venice for funding - without success; he then tries King Henry VII of England, who suggests he contact the authorities in Bristol, which was then expanding and growing wealthy from its foreign trade ... All this is convincingly portrayed with excellent costumes, props, settings and performances. (There is also an informative booklet giving background details of the characters and history of the period.) Directed by Graham Egarr and Mike George.
IAC Gold Seal, Best Club Award, Special Award: Narration (Alan Moore) 1997

Donated by the makers


(Making of article on IAC website - click here.)

Price: £2.75  VHS total running time 71min.

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