One of our site visits was to English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, which will feature heavily in The Skin. We are accompanied by Avonelle Pole of Polevault Communications. Avonelle has worked as a Marketing and P.R. consultant for HAMAfilms in the past. She organized the meeting between HAMA and the Antigua Yacht Club. Our mission was to find a boat for the movie. One of the characters in the film lives on a boat in the dockyard.
We met with John Duffy and Elizabeth Jordan of the Antigua Yacht Club. They turned out to be valuable resource people with good advice on what kind of boat would work in terms of size and with the storyline.
John introduced us to Greame Knott the owner of a catamaranthat would suit our needs. Greame Knott appears to be quite a character himself. Originally from the UK he has been living in Antigua on his boat for the past 10 years. He is the author of the novel “Exclusion Zone” (published by Macmillan Caribbean) a
story that is set in Monsterrat and surrounds the aftermath of the volcano crisis. It also turns out that he once worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) as an engineer, while I was just at the beginning of my career as a broadcast journalist at the rival station CFTO-TV. Small world!!