Swallows and Amazons Movie
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
Media Interest Grows in Swallows and Amazons Movie
There has been plenty of media interest in BBC Films’s announcement that they and Harbour Pictures have appointed Tom and Charlie Guard to direct their new cinema adaptation of Swallows and Amazons.
We expect further news on the film in the next two or three weeks. It is still possible, although very unlikely, that filming could take place this autumn. If not, the earliest start date for principal photography will be in the late spring of 2012.Read more
Development Work Continues on Swallows and Amazons Movie
Development work on the proposed movie adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons was originally announced by BBC Films and Harbour Pictures in 2007. According to reports in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, the producers have now appointed brothers Tom and Charlie Guard as Directors. Neither pre-production nor a start date have been announced yet, but we’ll report further progress as and when we can.Read more