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Voyages of Discovery Concludes at Brockhole

“Great Exhibition – makes me want to read the book.” “My grandchildren loved the exhibition and trail. Thank you!” “Never heard of it, but now I am going to read the books and see the film.” “I had heard of Swallows and Amazons but didn’t know anything about Arthur Ransome. I do now.”

These are just some of the comments from visitors to ART’s extended Voyage of Discovery, hosted by the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, which drew to a close yesterday, 6 December.

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Swallows and Amazons Movie Lands on DVD

Swallows and Amazons will follow its successful big screen run with its home entertainment release on 12 December. The critically-acclaimed movie (it has a very fresh 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, for example) will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and for digital download. 

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Swallows and Amazons Film Edition

Penguin Random House have released a new edition of Swallows and Amazons, celebrating the release of the new movie on 19 August. Published under their Red Fox imprint, the new edition features cover artwork from the new film. More details are available from Random House Children’s Books’ website, whilst the edition itself is also available from all good bookshops.

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Swallows and Amazons Movie Trailer

The trailer for the forthcoming Swallows and Amazons movie is now available at the movie’s Facebook page, here.

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Swallows and Amazons to Sail on 19 August

Swallows and amazons Promotional Still 1The new movie of Swallows and Amazons is set for release in UK cinemas on 19 August. Today’s Daily Telegraph carries an article giving a flavour of what to look forward to, as well as several photographs from the production.

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Swallows and Amazons Begins Filming

The new Harbour Pictures and BBC Films production of Swallows and Amazons began filming a few days ago in the Lake District. The production is scheduled to move to Yorkshire after location filming on and around Coniston Water and Derwentwater.

Further casting news has been released and commencement of filming has also led to discussions about a change to one character’s name: from Titty to Tatty.

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Swallows and Amazons on Course for Production

After lengthy development, Harbour Pictures and BBC Film’s version of Swallows and Amazons is shaping course towards production.

Screen Daily have reported several announcements from the Cannes Film Festival. These include Studio Canal’s purchase of the new movie’s UK rights and Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald’s casting as Mrs Walker. 

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Anniversary Screenings of Swallows and Amazons

swa_co_tra_ 007More details are now available, to add to the preliminary list of 40th Anniversary screenings of Studio Canal’s restored Swallows and Amazons film.  You can see it at:

Brewery Cinema, Kendal, on Thursday 7 August at 11.00am. Tel: 01539 725133. (Includes an introduction and Q & A with Sophie Neville, who played Titty in the movie).

Zefferelli’s, Ambleside, on Wednesday 6 August. Tel 015394 33845. (Sophie Neville will also be present at this event).

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Swallows and Amazons Restored at 40

Image of Blu-ray edition artwork Claude Whatham’s classic 1974 adaptation of Swallows and Amazons is celebrating its 40th birthday in style – with a new, digitally restored edition released on DVD and Blu-ray, on 4 August, and a number of Special Anniversary screenings over the summer.

In addition to the restored film, Studio Canal’s new special editions will include extras, including interviews with Viginia McKenna (Mother), Suzanna Hamilton (Susan) and Sophie Neville (Titty), a locations featurette, stills gallery, trailer and behind the scenes footage, the latter with a commentary by Sophie.
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Developments on Stage and Screen

2013 is set to be a busy year for Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District. Harbour Pictures are continuing their preparations to shoot their new screen version this summer, whilst Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake are making preparations to stage their production of the Swallows and Amazons musical from November 30.

Today’s Westmorland Gazette has a short but interesting interview with the forthcoming film’s producer, Nick Barton, which includes the information that Dan Stevens has been cast in the key adult role of Captain Flint. Dan is probably best known for his role as Matthew Crawley, in Downton abbey.

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