Swallows and Amazons finally flies to the big screen

Filming has finally begun on a film version of Arthur Ransome’s classic story, Swallows and Amazons. I say finally because I spent years tracking this film through development and pre-production and, to be honest, I thought the cameras would never roll. But they are!

The film stars Rafe Spall as the enigmatic ‘Captain Flint’ alongside Kelly Macdonald as ‘Mrs Walker’, Gwendoline Christie as ‘Mrs Blackett’, Jessica Hynes as ‘Mrs Jackson’, and Harry Enfield as ‘Mr Jackson’.

The film is being directed by acclaimed TV directed Philippa Lowthorpe who is making her film debut on the project.

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone…

As they battle for ownership of the island, they learn the skills of survival and the value of friendship, which helps prepare them for the real danger they must face from the adult world.

Filming will continue over the summer in the Lake District and Yorkshire with the final project expected to be released in cinemas sometime next year.

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