The Tourists / Hew Locke
The film was commissioned by The Imperial War Museum, where artist Hew Locke created a series of interventions onboard the HMS Belfast, a battleship museum moored in the centre of the Thames in London. In The Tourists, viewers take a tour of this British battleship and discover the crew members planning to enjoy some free time in the Caribbean, part of the ship’s final voyage. The Belfast was active during the Korean War as well as in World War II and visited the Caribbean in 1962, stopping in Trinidad on its final voyage. The Tourists stands as an icon of the former British Empire and the country’s use of naval power in colonising Caribbean countries such as Guyana.
Directed by Hannah Robinson
Edited and scored by Frankie Lowe
Produced by Indra Khanna and Hannah Robinson