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Blu-ray Review: 'Swallows and Amazons'

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★★★★☆It's the ideal time for the rerelease of Bafta-nominated director Claude Whatham's Swallows and Amazons (1974) - the cinematic retelling of Arthur Ransome's classic children's adventure story. Not only is the film celebrating its 40th anniversary, but it's also the perfect celebration of those long summer holidays which seemingly last forever when you're young, and are remembered with nostalgia the older we get. The four Walker children (Stephen Grendon, Suzanna Hamilton, Sophie Neville and Simon West) go with their mother (Virginia McKenna) to spend their summer holidays in the Lake District. The adventures they have there make for a story as memorable as it is thrilling.
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Swallows & Amazons Blu-Ray Review

Director: Claude Whatham

Starring: Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton and Virginia McKenna.

Running Time: 92 mins

Certificate: U

Adapted from the classic 1930′s novel by Arthur Ransome, Swallows & Amazons celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate this than by releasing it beautifully restored on Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray, for older and younger generations to watch.

The film follows four children on holiday with their mother at the Lake District in 1929. For many parents today this would come as a shock, as the mother allows them to sail in the small boat ‘Swallow’, to a small island and camp for a few days. They eventually come to realise the island is someones territory, and meet two girls who both look like they stepped out from Wes Anderson’s film, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The girls sail the ‘Amazon’ boat, and soon both groups set up
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Saville, Krawitz, Walker each win two directing awards

Matt Saville, Tony Krawitz and Jeffrey Walker won two awards each at the Australian Directors Guild Awards on Friday evening.

Saville won for the episode of The Slap that focused on Harry and for Cloudstreet in the drama series and mini-series categories respectively; Krawitz.s The Tall Man was voted best film in the feature documentary category and he was also chosen as the Finders Award recipient; and Jeffrey Walker was presented with both the inaugural Esben Storm Award for children.s TV for series three of H2O: Just Add Water and the award for TV comedy for Angry Boys.

Mrs Carey.s Concert, directed by Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond, was the joint winner of the documentary feature category, and Walker shared his comedy award with Stuart MacDonald and the show.s on-screen star, Chris Lilley.

One of the most touching moments of the night was when the audience
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Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what
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Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

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