Sophie in Suffolk ~

11015906_10202996212506899_2127206965502510144_nQ&A with Sophie Neville at the Riverside Cinema ~ photo: Claudia Myatt

The screening of Swallows & Amazons on Sunday was sold out. 250 tickets. They were endlessly turning people away. ‘We should have shown it again in the 6.00pm slot,’ I told the manager. ‘Oh, we have American Snipper on then.’ It stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. ‘How many have booked to see it?’ ‘Three.’

Cromer Crab

Delicious lunch served at the Riverside Restaurant 

~ photo: Pandora Doyle ~

All age groups were represented in the audience who came to the event – a fundraiser in aid of the Nancy Blackett Trust. About 70% had seen the film of Swallows & Amazons before. Some knew it well.

Swallow, the clinker built dinghy, originally built by William King and Sons at Burnham-on-Crouch and used in the 1974 film, was rigged up outside the cinema for everyone to meet. She is going to be at a number of The Arthur Ransome Society’s events in Suffolk and Essex this summer. We used the best photo of Swallow under sail for the cover of the paperback on how the film was made, which was on display in the cinema lobby after the film. It is now available online or from the Aldebrugh Bookshop in Suffolk.

The Making of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS

Someone asked if we had any disasters while making the film.

Swallow’s mast broke, we nearly sailed under the Windermere steamer and we were often rained off,’ but I couldn’t think of anything utterly disastrous from my perspective. I’ll have to ask Richard Pilbrow who produced the film back in 1973. I can list other questions asked by the audience in the next post. Do add any you might have to the comments box below.

The Riverside Cinema in Woodbridge are thinking of showing Swallows & Amazons again in September to help them celebrate their centenary ~ ‘100 Years of Film’. Do add a comment in the box below if you would like to organise a screening of the film at a cinema near you.

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Filed under 1973, Arthur Ransome, British Film, Cinema, Claude Whatham, Dinghy sailing, Family Film, Film, Film History, Movie, Movie disasters, Movie stories, Sophie Neville, Vintage Film

4 responses to “Sophie in Suffolk ~

  1. Well done Sophie – and all. So sorry I couldn’t be there, Francis’s father’s 90th birthday HAD to count as a prior engagement

  2. Melissa Jordan

    I would love it if there was a screening in picturehouse in Cambridge. But, if that’s not possible a I think a number of the village secondary schools including ours can screen films.

    • Why not? The new 40th Anniversary cinema-scope Blu-ray looks wonderful on their big screens. I’m sure the Picturehouse would go ahead if you can convince them of full houses as they have the agreement with StudioCanal (the film company who now own S&A) and offer community screenings, saying:
      £4 for all tickets.
      To request a community group visit to a film in our main programme, please contact the Picturehouse Education department. https://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/info/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge
      You might be able to add a bit more to the price if fundraising for a charity or school. My publishers are based in Cambridge so might be able to offer ‘The Making of Swallows & Amazons’ afterwards. I live miles away but am coming up to Biggleswade on Tuesday 16th June if you want a Q&A.

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