Swallows and Amazons Movie
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.Read more
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.Read more
Anniversary Screenings of Swallows and Amazons
More 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).Read more
Swallows and Amazons Restored at 40
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Watch Swallows and Amazons at Dusk
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.Read more
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 Amazons, previously 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.Read more
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!Read more