The classic movie of Swallows & Amazons is often broadcast on BBC TV. If you would like to know more about how the film was made you can find the details on this site or leave any questions in the comments box below.
To read about our first day’s filming at Haverthwaite Railway Station click here and keep reading.
Do you know what lake we were on in the photograph below? We were busy loading urns of tea into a run-around boat to take out to the film crew who might have been on Cormorant Island. If you click on the photo you will get to the page of my diary, kept in June 1973, which describes this day.
There are still many questions about the making of the movie that remain unanswered.
This shot was taken while setting up the scene at Peel Island when Captain Flint brings Sammy the Policeman to question the Swallows. If you click on the photo you will find the photograph that the journalist ended up with. Titty’s hand is still on Captain Flint’s arm.
Making a movie is very different from watching one. Here is a record of Titty rehearsing the shot when she moves the camping equipment for fear of a tidal wave. It was a cold day on Coniston Water. The jersey came off when they went for a take.
Here you can see Lesley Bennett, playing Peggy Blackett, careening Amazon at Beckfoot. The same 35mm Panavision camera was focused on Kit Seymour, playing Captain Nancy.
The location used for Beckfoot and the Amazon boathouse can be found at Brown Howe on the western bank of Coniston Water. If you click on the photograph of Peggy you can read more about what happened that day.
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10 thoughts on “Questions about making the classic film Swallows and Amazons (1974)”
I had great fun watching the film today with my 6 year old grand-daughter Lydia who loved it after I had reassured her that the pirates were not real ones!
The film appeared to be an edited version – Eg the scene at Rio where the native meets Roger who is guarding swallow was omitted – as were the final credits. Some of the sound wasn’t too good either.
The picture of the boat with you and the tea urns is taken on the east shore of derwentwater with cat bells in the background. It appears to be a purpose built jetty- probably somewhere where the road runs near the shore
Thank you for letting me know. I think that version was once for sale as a DVD on Amazon.co.uk but fans complained. Perhaps we should write in to ITV and ask them to show a decent quality version. The DVD issued by the Daily Mail is of excellent quality. It can be purchased cheaply on eBay.
It’s on again at 7.50am tomorrow morning!
Great – what channel? ITV3?
Rats! I wish we had ITV in Oz! I will have to see if I can get hold of the Daily Mail DVD.
I got my copies of S&A and S&AForever (highly recommended!) from Fishpond.com.au (very cheap with Free postage). They say that are region 2 however if you look at the pictures of the covers you will see a little green U in the bottom left corners. This means they will play in any region.
Paul from the Gold Coast
Or write in to your Oz TV stations and ask them to broadcast it. They love getting requests! It was shown on TV in the Melbourne area twice last year – not sure if this was national. There is a lot of interest in the EMI film of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) in Australia which has a branch of TARS.
It was on in Queensland too Sophie. Cant remember what channel. Just remember turning the box on one afternoon and there it was.
Thank you for yet more information on the film’s locations, etc. I can’t get enough of the behind-the-scenes story!