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Swallow and Amazons; David Brent: Life on the Road; Woody Allen: Six Films and more – review

Comforting British titles, first-rate Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais on the road again, and a slow-moving Zac Efron vehicle

In a year that has been generally short on nice things, on soft things, on comfortable things, Swallows and Amazons (StudioCanal, PG) settles on the screen like a gingham picnic blanket. It’s not new, and it falls some distance short of great, but Philippa Lowthorpe’s handsome, sun-warmed adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Lake District larks is indubitably nice: populated with amiable kids mostly playing well with others, and facing only mild peril courtesy of a shoehorned-in spy plot. Its pleasures lie less in its plotting than in its cream-tea retro trappings. Where Paddington gently but cannily brought its cuddly literary source into the 21st century, this is an unabashed period piece, in outlook as well as in milieu. Quite what contemporary pre-teens make of the film’s inward-looking world, I
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Win Swallows and Amazons on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Swallows and amazons on 12th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Adapted from the classic children’s tale by Arthur Ransome, Swallows And Amazons tells the story of the Walker children, along with their mother (Kelly MacdonaldBrave, Anna Karenina), who embark on a summer […]

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Diff to open with 'Miss Sloane', close with 'Rogue One'

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Diff to open with 'Miss Sloane', close with 'Rogue One'
This year’s Dubai International Film Festival (Diff, December 7-14) will open with John Madden’s political thriller Miss Sloane and close with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Starring Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane revolves around a ruthless lobbyist in Washington DC. Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, opens in UAE theatres on December 15.

Celebrating its 13th edition this year, Diff will screen 156 films from 55 countries, including 57 world and international premieres, 73 Mena premieres, 12 Middle East premieres and 9 Gcc premieres.

Red carpet galas at Diff include the world premiere of Aditya Chopra’s Befikre; Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; Swallows And Amazons, Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa’s third feature The Worthy; and Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin.

Diff’s Beach Screenings include Jordan Robert’s Burn Your Maps, starring Vera Farmiga and Jacob Tremblay; Michaël Dudok de Wit
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Swallows and Amazons and other great classic children’s book-to-film adaptations

To celebrate the release of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons – directed by Philippa Lowthorpe – on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from December 12th, we take a look at some of the best book to film adaptations to have captivated young audiences.

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s classic series of novels have been loved by readers since its first publication nearly a century ago. Now it comes to the big screen, promising audiences a tale of whimsical adventure. While on holiday in the beautiful Lake District the four Walker children discover a seemingly deserted island but soon find that a pair of sisters, the Blacketts, have already lain claim to the land. Taking up the mantles of their respective sailboats the two groups of children engage in a battle of wits for control of the island, but when the Walkers discover a secret about the Blackett’s uncle, the
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Christmas 2016: our DVD and Blu-ray gift guide

Rob Leane Nov 15, 2016

Which films are coming to disc this festive season? What on Earth do I buy for [insert friend’s name here]? We’ve got the answers...

Christmas comes this time each year, and, purely by coincidence, a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays just so happen to be released at the same sort of time. They fit rather well in stockings, don’t they? How convenient!

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If, like me, you’ve a tendency to give and/or receive a few discs each yuletide, read on for our run-through of all the new goodies coming to home release formats this winter...

Out now Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

One of the surprise treats of this year, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
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Swallows and Amazons movie review: a free-range kiddie adventure

Behold a time before helicopter parenting, when children roamed free, ate cake for dinner, and played with fire. A delightfully old-fashioned treat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Gather round, kiddies, and behold a time before videogames — before television, even — when children roamed free and were forced to relieve their boredom with nothing more than a couple of sticks and their imaginations… and they relished it. Gather round, parents, and marvel as a mother grants permission for her four children to go sailing and camping on their own recognizance, with no adult supervision at all, for days. Because, as that mother says, “I don’t want them frightened of the world,” so they have to learn how to deal with it on their own. Imagine that!

Not only
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Jessica Hynes: ‘My most treasured possession? My magnificent breasts’

The actor on celebrity gossip, cheap clothes and that Pudsey The Dog movie

Hynes, 43, was born in London. In the late 1990s, she co-wrote and starred in the Bafta-nominated sitcom Spaced; her other TV work includes The Royle Family and W1A, for which she won a Bafta in 2015. In 2009, she was nominated for a Tony for her performance in The Norman Conquests on Broadway. Her films include Shaun Of The Dead, Son Of Rambow and Swallows And Amazons, which is released next week. She is married to the sculptor Adam Hynes, has three children and lives in Kent.

When were you happiest?

Last week, lying under a hat on Folkestone beach.

Related: Angus Deayton: ‘When did I last cry? England 1 Iceland 2’

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The Walker children set of on their adventure in Swallows and Amazons clip

StudioCanal has debuted a new clip has arrived online from Swallows and Amazons, which sees the Walker children setting off on their adventure; take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District 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 a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. As the sleepy British summer is turned on its head,
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Backwards to the future: how Britain’s nostalgia industry is thriving

From the new film of Swallows and Amazons to Harry Potter, Britain is obsessed with a past that never existed. What is this endless Downtonisation all about?

Ron Howard had a theory about why the Us sitcom Happy Days was such a hit. The Oscar-winning director, who played Richie Cunningham in the show, argued that central to its appeal was that it was set in the 1950s, before Vietnam, drugs and hippies, when teenagers were civil to their elders. Happy Days – which ran from 1974 to 1984 – was, he told me, a return to lost innocence before Watergate. It put the 50s back into the 70s and made people happier.

The new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s novel Swallows and Amazons, starring Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald and Andrew Scott, has a similar nostalgic function. It takes us back to 1935, a time before multicultural Britain, swinging London, gay marriages, gender fluidity, online
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Backwards to the future: how Britain’s nostalgia industry is thriving

From the new film of Swallows and Amazons to Harry Potter, Britain is obsessed with a past that never existed. What is this endless Downtonisation all about?

Ron Howard had a theory about why the Us sitcom Happy Days was such a hit. The Oscar-winning director, who played Richie Cunningham in the show, argued that central to its appeal was that it was set in the 1950s, before Vietnam, drugs and hippies, when teenagers were civil to their elders. Happy Days – which ran from 1974 to 1984 – was, he told me, a return to lost innocence before Watergate. It put the 50s back into the 70s and made people happier.

The new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s novel Swallows and Amazons, starring Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald and Andrew Scott, has a similar nostalgic function. It takes us back to 1935, a time before multicultural Britain, swinging London, gay marriages, gender fluidity, online
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Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’

Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’
Based on British author Arthur Ransome’s popular children’s books of the 1930s and 1940s, “Swallows and Amazons” is, on the face of it, a fairly conservative film. Detailing the summer vacation adventures of the upper middle-class Walker family, it is a relaxed piece set in the summer of 1935, in a heritage England of Dundee cake, small boats and blithe acceptance of a broadly colonialist outlook. It is an England where the machinations of Russian spies can be safely foiled in time for tea by a band of plucky children. It is the fictional England to which many Britons who voted for Brexit aspire to return.

Properly understood as a fiction, this rose-tinted world of kids who covet knives in order to whittle sticks — rather than, say, to stab a schoolmate — makes for a very charming, fairly twee, entirely respectable adventure. Of the five Walker children, the standout is
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London post house Creativity Media appoints new business executive

Exclusive: Met Film Post and Slingshot Productions exec Cavan Ash joins post-production outfit.

UK post production outfit Creativity Media has appointed Cavan Ash as new business executive.

Ash held a similar position at Met Film Post and is also a producer at Slingshot Productions, whose credits include The Infidel and Tormented.

He will continue to work across his slate at Slingshot during his time at Creativity Media

Expanding outfit Creativity Media has recently worked on titles including Swallows And Amazons for BBC Films, Una for Film4 and 47 Meters Down for The Weinstein Company.

Former Met Film Post executive Matthew Troughton recently joined the company as head of picture post-production.

Ash commented: “I’ve been hugely impressed by the facilities that Patrick and his team have built at Creativity Media, and also by the wealth of talent that they are working with.

“As a producer myself, I’ve always looked for a post house that understands all the
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Swallows and Amazons gets a new poster

A new poster has arrived online for the upcoming adventure Swallows and Amazons ahead of its UK release next month. Based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, the film stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District 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 a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot
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Poster and trailer for Swallows and Amazons

A poster and trailer have arrived online for director Philippa Lowthorpe’s upcoming adventure Swallows and Amazons, which is based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome and stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield; check them out below…

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District 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 a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. As the sleepy
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Swallows And Amazons trailer & poster

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Here’s the brand new trailer for latest incarnation of Swallows And Amazons. The movie is based on the novel by Arthur Ransome and was turned into a film back in 1974. This 2016 version is directed by Philippa Lowthorpe has an all-star cast which includes Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, I Give it a Year), Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre) […]

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Too hot for TV: how BBC censorship went into hyperdrive

As Auntie snips a line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on top of prudish tweaks to other recent dramas, it seems the right time to ask: is the corporation falling prey to our oversensitive age?

What do Titty Walker, Helena of Athens and Alan Bennett have in common? They have all recently been censored by the BBC.

In the forthcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, Ms Walker will now be nicknamed “Tatty”, after fears that her original monicker might provoke schoolboy sniggers.

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First look at Swallows and Amazons - in cinemas August 19th

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Swallows and Amazons, which was filmed on location last summer in the Lake District, Yorkshire and Scotland, will be in cinemas from August 19th.

The team at Shaheen Baig Casting discovered six young newcomers to take on the roles of the Walker and Blackett children in the Lake District set adventure.

Dane Hughes plays John Walker, Orla Hill plays Susan Walker, Bobby McColloch as Roger Walker, and with Lily and Alfie Allen's half-sister 8 year old Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, the daughter of actors Keith Allen and Tamzin Malleson playing the the youngest, Tatty Walker.

The two Blackett sisters are to be played by Seren Hawkes as Nancy, and Hannah Jayne Thorp as Peggy.

The film stars Rafe Spall as Captain Flint, Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie and Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald as Mrs Blackett and Mrs Walker respectively, with Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield as local farmers Mr and Mrs Jackson.
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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted
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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Titty's family 'furious' over name change for Swallows and Amazons film

Able seaman Titty Walker to be renamed ‘Tatty’ for BBC Films adaptation of the classic Arthur Ransome children’s novel

The family of the woman who inspired Titty in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons have hit out at plans to switch the dinghy-loving character’s name to “Tatty” in a new film adaptation.

BBC Films announced in 2011 that it was planning a new take on the classic Lake District-set children’s story, with the aim of capturing the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The first movie in a planned series – Ransome wrote 12 books – will be in cinemas later this year.

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