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Swallows and Amazons

Panorama | Youth | Contemporary World Cinema

If you are not already familiar with Arthur Ransome’s children’s adventure story (a kid-lit perennial in the UK since 1930), the closest comparison is Tom Sawyer, albeit with a distinctly English accent, or possibly the Narnia books, if the children never ventured into that wardrobe. John, Susan, Tilly and Roger arrive in the Lake District for the summer holidays, and convince mother they can be trusted to sail out to an island and camp overnight. What they don’t know is that "pirates" (actually a couple of girls from a neighbouring farm) have already claimed the island for themselves…

Pippa Lowthorpe’s film is a delightful throwback to a period when children’s imaginations were fuelled by Robert Louis Stevenson and John Buchan, not tech companies. There isn’t an ironic bone in the film’s body, but at the same time it’s very clear about core values that don’t feel at all out of date: getting out into the world; honesty and integrity; family and teamwork; physical endeavour, curiosity and courage.

"A charmingly old-fashioned family adventure—one that you can imagine several generations of a family gathering to watch on a rainy grey Sunday afternoon."—Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Youth Jury Award, Best Feature, Seattle 16

Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: PG - Violence
Cast: Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald
Executive Producer: Christine Langan, Beth Pattinson, Natascha Wharton, Peter Watson, Thorsten Schumacher, Patrick Fischer, Hugo Heppell, Alexa Seligman, John Jencks, Jenny Borgars, Dan Macrae, Danny Perkins, Steve Milne, Ian Maiden
Producer: Nicholas Barton, Nick O'Hagan, Joe Oppenheimer
Screenwriter: Andrea Gibb
Cinematographer: Julian Court
Editor: David Thrasher
Production Design: Suzie Davies
Music: Ilan Eshkeri
Production Company: Harbour Pictures Productions
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films

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