The secrets of filming Swallows and Amazons (1974)
~Speaking to Nina Nannar on ITV News at Ten~
‘Swallows and Amazons’ 1974 was broadcast on BBC TWO in both April and August 2020 and is now available on BBC iPlayer. It was screened three times on BBC Two in 2019, as well as several times in Australia.
The Arthur Ransome Society is Britain’s second biggest literary society with over 1,000 members and branches in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. There are six regional committees in the UK: Scotland, Northern, Midland, Eastern, Southern and Southwest. The society offers grants for young members to travel and participate in Ransome-ish activities. It produces three different journals while keeping a book stall and extensive library. TARS is associated with The Arthur Ransome Trust, the Nancy Blackett Trust and the Arthur Ransome Club of Japan, along with Amazon Publications who publish original books and reprint works connected with Ransome. Please click here for membership enquires.
The 2016 movie of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ won the New York International Children’s Film Festival grand prize, Seattle International Film Festival’s Films4Families Youth Jury Award and is distributed in the US by Samuel Goldwyn Meyer. Made on location in Cumbria and Yorkshire, it stars Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall and Andrew Scott and is out on DVD.
StudioCanal have a trailer for the new film’Swallows and Amazons'(PG). You can read one of the reviews here. The best behind-the-scenes article can be found here. The producer, Nick Barton, CEO of Harbour Pictures, gave a talk to The Arthur Ransome Society with his screen writer Andrea Gibb.
The original film ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) is often shown at summer festivals as you are only legally permitted to screen a film with a ‘U’ certificate to the public outdoors.
Do request a screening of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ at your local cinema and take along your local church or sailing club! Picturehouse cinemas enable the re-mastered version of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) to be used as a charity fundraiser.
~Sophie Neville on Anglia TV~
To read the filmography posts about the 1974 film please go to: https://sophieneville.net/category/autobiography/
‘The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome’, presented by Griff Rhys Jones currently available on BBC iPlayer.
Sophie has spoken about Swallows and Amazons on ITV News, Anglia TV, Radio 4, Premier, regional BBC Radio stations and has been giving talks on how Coot Club and The Big Six were filmed on the Norfolk Broads, as she worked on the BBC TV series for nine months.
Revelation Films have a digitally restored DVD with an extras package available..
You too can find the locations and sail Swallow
Swallow, the dinghy used in the 1974 film, will be in Cumbria in 2018. For opportunities to sail her yourself please click here
Swallows & Amazons tours of the Lake District can be booked for groups by request with Mountain Goat in Windermere. To read about this do go to: ‘In Search of our old Film Locations’. For booking details please click here.
Cruise on the Tern that was featured in Swallows and Amazons(1974) with Windermere Lake Cruises
The Lakeside and Havethwaite Steam Railway bookings here
Glenridding Sailing Centre are running Swallows and Amazons Adventure Days on Ullswater in the summer holidays.
To stay at Holly Howe ~ contact Jonathan Batty at Bank Ground Farm
The Elterwater Hostel welcomes Arthur Ransome enthusiasts
Virginia McKenna stayed at the Langdale Chase Hotel where the Wrap Party for ‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974) was held
Information on visiting Peel Island can be found here
Take a Swallows and Amazons cruise on the Coniston Launch
Hire a canoe or boat from Coniston Boating Center
Why not have lunch at the Bluebird Cafe on the shores of Coniston Water
Visit the John Ruskin Museum in Coniston
The website VisitCumbria.com has a ‘Swallows and Amazons’ page with activities listed.
For specialist books about the Lake District ~ click here
To find out more about The Arthur Ransome Society ~ click here
For information on All Things Ransome ~ click here
You can sail the The Nancy Blackett ~ Arthur Ransome’s yacht featured in We didn’t Mean to Go to Sea and Secret Water, currently on the Orwell.
If it’s raining, here is a recipe for Bun loaf
StudioCanal now have a Blu-ray of ‘Hirondelle et Amazones’ – Swallows and Amazons’ in French. There are also DVDs in Czech.
Swallows & Amazons (1974) was featured on CBBC TV’s Cinemaniacs now on BBC I-player.
An audience of 250 came to see the restored screen version of Swallows & Amazons in Kendal. To read more please click here. The Blu-Ray version for cinemas was premiered by PictureHouse cinemas in London.
Screenings of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) at the Riverside Cinema in Woodbridge in aid of the Nancy Blackett Trust attracted big audiences.
Nancy Blackett was featured in the film Ginger and Rosa. Click here to watch the clip.
Mike Zeller of BBC Radio Cumbria asked: ‘Did you take part in the film in 1973?’ If you did – please add a comment below!
Sophie was asked to unveil a plaque commemorating Arthur Ransome at Rugby School, where he was at Whitelaw House as a pupil from 1897-1901.
Sophie has given talks on ‘Filming the BBC adaptations of ‘Coot Club’ and ‘The Big Six’ in Norfolk’ for the Nancy Blackett Trust at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club and for The Arthur Ransome Society.
Sophie Neville aboard the Nancy Blackett at Buckler’s Hard
When Dulwich Film at the Michael Croft Theatre, screened ‘Swallows & Amazons’, the film was introduced by Sophie Neville who was joined by Suzanna Hamilton and Sten Grendon. It was shown on the big screen at the Barbican in London by Grapevine Movies , at the Purbeck Film Festival, the Greenwich Picture Gallery and (click here for quite a funny photo) on the shores of Coniston Water
Swallows & Amazons was broadcast on CT1, Czech TV . This is the 1976 version:
It was re-released in 2011 when voices were dubbed with those of local Czech stars:
Sophie Neville and Suzanna Hamilton were interviewed by Ben Fogel above Coniston Water about being in the movie, on Country Tracks for BBC TV.
The Arthur Ransome Trust ~ Movie Memories write-up
BBC Radio 4 ~ John McCarthy sailed Swallow on Radio 4.
Sophie Neville gave an illustrated talk at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club
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