‘Country Tracks’ with Ben Fogle

At last!

We have the clip from Country Tracks presented by Ben Fogle, that includes interviews with Director Claude Whatham, Lucy Batty of Bank Ground Farm, Suzanna Hamilton and myself discussing the swimming scenes, with the unique behind-the-scenes footage my father shot on 16mm film, with his Bolex camera back in 1973. You might have seen a longer version of this on Countryfile and Big Screen Britain. I am yet to receive residuals.

Author: Sophie Neville

Writer and charity fundraiser

6 thoughts on “‘Country Tracks’ with Ben Fogle”

  1. What a wonderful treasure trove this blog is, Sophie! I was 9 when you made the film and going to see it with my parents introduced me to Ransome’s world. I read all the books and now my son has too. I watched the film again today when stumbling across it on TV. It still stands up as such a charming piece of work. A genuine labour of love on the part of Whatham in the way he painstakingly re-creates the period detail and uses authentic locstions. It certainly pays off, even nearly 40 yesrs down the line.

    Your’s and all the other children’s images stayed in my mind as I read the books and I still find watching the film quite moving. Especially the scene with you and McKenna on the island as ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and her Man Friday. I look at it now as a parent and the image of her seen through your telescope whilst rowing away had me in tears! You all did a wonderful job and the enthusiasm and sense of adventure that you were experiencing in the shoot clearly runs in parallel to that captured in the book.

    Thank you so much for putting all this material online. I’m delighted to be able to re-connect with such a warm, happy part of my childhood. I’m sure there are many more out there too who feel the same. You honour our memories.

    Andy Head

  2. What a wonderful treasure trove this blog is, Sophie! I was 9 when you made the film and going to see it with my parents introduced me to Ransome’s world. I read all the books and now my son has too. I watched the film again today when stumbling across it on TV. It still stands up as such a charming piece of work. A genuine labour of love on the part of Whatham in the way he painstakingly re-creates the period detail and uses authentic locstions. It certainly pays off, even nearly 40 yesrs down the line.

    Your’s and all the other children’s images stayed in my mind as I read the books and I still find watching the film quite moving. Especially the scene with you and McKenna on the island as ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and her Man Friday. I look at it now as a parent and the image of her seen through your telescope whilst rowing away had me in tears! You all did a wonderful job and the enthusiasm and sense of adventure that you were experiencing in the shoot clearly runs in parallel to that captured in the book.

    Thank you so much for putting all this material online. I’m delighted to be able to re-connect with such a warm, happy part of my childhood. I’m sure there are many more out there too who feel the same. You honour our memories.

    Andy Head

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