Hat Works stars in Chinese documentary

MAD HATTERS: China Central Television film crew thought these hats were top

A CHINESE film crew descended on Hat Works in Stockport, Greater Manchester, to film a new documentary series.

Hat Works museum, the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry and headwear, provided the perfect back drop for filming the documentary series entitled ‘The Power of the Corporation’.

The series will focus on the industrial revolution and what impact this has had on social development. It will examine the impact that corporations have had on every aspect of modern life from a historic and global perspective.

The film crew and directors from China Central Television were very impressed with the atmosphere at Hat Works. They commented that they particularly liked the fact that the visitor experience is a ‘journey back in time’, and intend to highlight this in the documentary.

This will be the first documentary of its kind in China with the aim being to broaden viewers understanding of market economy, in an attempt to open up this subject for discussion and to offer a global perspective on common interests in the current economic downturn.

This series is expected to be broadcast in 2010 and is expected to reach an audience of 200 million people.

Councillor John Smith, executive member for leisure, said: “We are delighted that one of Stockport’s most popular visitor attractions has been chosen to be featured in a documentary that will be broadcast to such a large number of people. It will highlight Stockport’s fascinating industrial heritage to a completely new audience.”

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