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Swallows and Amazons Begins Filming

The new Harbour Pictures and BBC Films production of Swallows and Amazons began filming a few days ago in the Lake District. The production is scheduled to move to Yorkshire after location filming on and around Coniston Water and Derwentwater.

Further casting news has been released and commencement of filming has also led to discussions about a change to one character’s name: from Titty to Tatty.

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Swallows and Amazons on Course for Production

After lengthy development, Harbour Pictures and BBC Film’s version of Swallows and Amazons is shaping course towards production.

Screen Daily have reported several announcements from the Cannes Film Festival. These include Studio Canal’s purchase of the new movie’s UK rights and Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald’s casting as Mrs Walker. 

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Anniversary Screenings of Swallows and Amazons

swa_co_tra_ 007More details are now available, to add to the preliminary list of 40th Anniversary screenings of Studio Canal’s restored Swallows and Amazons film.  You can see it at:

Brewery Cinema, Kendal, on Thursday 7 August at 11.00am. Tel: 01539 725133. (Includes an introduction and Q & A with Sophie Neville, who played Titty in the movie).

Zefferelli’s, Ambleside, on Wednesday 6 August. Tel 015394 33845. (Sophie Neville will also be present at this event).

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Swallows and Amazons Restored at 40

Image of Blu-ray edition artwork Claude Whatham’s classic 1974 adaptation of Swallows and Amazons is celebrating its 40th birthday in style – with a new, digitally restored edition released on DVD and Blu-ray, on 4 August, and a number of Special Anniversary screenings over the summer.

In addition to the restored film, Studio Canal’s new special editions will include extras, including interviews with Viginia McKenna (Mother), Suzanna Hamilton (Susan) and Sophie Neville (Titty), a locations featurette, stills gallery, trailer and behind the scenes footage, the latter with a commentary by Sophie.

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Developments on Stage and Screen

2013 is set to be a busy year for Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District. Harbour Pictures are continuing their preparations to shoot their new screen version this summer, whilst Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake are making preparations to stage their production of the Swallows and Amazons musical from November 30.

Today’s Westmorland Gazette has a short but interesting interview with the forthcoming film’s producer, Nick Barton, which includes the information that Dan Stevens has been cast in the key adult role of Captain Flint. Dan is probably best known for his role as Matthew Crawley, in Downton abbey.

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Movie Memories 40 Years On

Forty years before casting got underway for the forthcoming adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, it began for Richard Pilbrow’s much-loved 1974 version.

Sophie Neville, who played Titty in the 1974 film, has now compiled a video of background footage and stills from the 1974 film. It is available both at her website and via youtube.

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Casting Underway for Young Swallows and Amazons

Harbour Pictures has begun casting the children’s roles for their adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, which they are planning to film this summer.

The film’s directors, Charles and Thomas Guard, are looking for children aged 6 – 13 to play the four Swallows and two Amazons – John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker and Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

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Watch Swallows and Amazons at Dusk

Picnic Cinema have teamed up with Brantwood for an atmospheric outdoor screening of Swallows and Amazons on 31 August.

The evening event will include the 1974 movie and music by Room Full of Mirrors. It will take place at Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water, close to many of the locations where the movie was shot.

The Arthur Ransome Trust will have a small stall at the event. Please do come and say hello, if you are interested in finding out more about the Trust, want to chat about Arthur Ransome’s life, his books, or the film, or want to take the opportunity to buy some (or all!) of the Swallows and Amazons novels.

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More Movie Memories

If you haven’t had a chance to look at Sophie Neville’s excellent blog about her experiences playing Titty, in the 1974 movie of Swallows and Amazonspreviously mentioned here, then please  (x 3,000,000) do take a moment to look it up. It’s a “treasure trunk” of insights into the making of the film.

Her latest installment adds extracts from Suzanna Hamilton’s diary. Suzanna, credited as Zanna Hamilton, played Susan.

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Movie Memories

Anyone who enjoyed the 1974 movie version of Swallows and Amazons, may be interested in Sophie Neville’s fascinating blog, in which she is currently recounting her experiences as Titty Walker.

Her reminiscences have just reached the scene where the Amazons’ attack the Swallows’ campsite, and include her original diary, behind the scenes photographs and excerpts from the film script. Well worth a browse!

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