As president of The Arthur Ransome Society, I am keen to promote ‘Swallows and Amazons’, emphasizing the aspect that children today can enjoy the outdoor activities advocated by Arthur Ransome back in the 1930s.
ITV reporter Nina Nannar bravely came out sailing with me in a scow, rigged like Swallow with a balanced lug sail, to experience the excitement of letting the wind take us along at speed.
One of the shots was used on ITV on Thursday 28th July as a trailer for the next day:
When it came to the News on Friday 29th July, ITV showed clips of the new movie of ‘Swallows and Amazons’, being launched on 19th August 2016. The item was shown on the News in New Zealand on 5th August. A viewer wrote in saying:
‘Great to see a full 3+ minutes about the new S&A film on NZ TV news tonight. Sophie Neville did a great job of promoting the value for modern kids to get out on the water or under canvas.’
It stars Ralph Spall, Kelly Macdonald & Andrew Scott, seen here spying on Captain Flint.
After a clip from ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) starring Virginia McKenna
in which I played her daughter, Titty Walker or rather Able-seaman Titty,
they showed children today learning to sail, unaccompanied by adults.
Young children were crewing for the junior instructors, aged 16 and 17
Nina Nannar interviewed me about summer camps offered by The Arthur Ransome Society
‘Is Swallows and Amazons relevant to children today?’ was the main question.
‘It’s timeless, isn’t it?’ I said, proving this by referring to the children sailing around us.
Andrea Gibb was interviewed in the studio about her screenplay for the new movie ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (2016), which will reach cinemas this August.
You can watch the item here
‘Is Swallows and Amazons relevant to children today?’
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