The skies maybe wet but Summer is here and what better way to embrace the season with enchanting summer adventure in the shape of Swallows And Amazons. In an era of remakes and reboots of comic books,video games, blockbusters, it’s refreshing to see something real one of nature, watch the film’s UK trailer…
Adventures don’t have to be in far away lands, have latex heroes or monsters as Philippa Lowthorpe‘s charming film shows our own countryside can deliver. This August Studiocanal/BBC Films take us back to 1930’s British countryside with a 21st century remake of the popular Children’s novel that will offer a big slice of nostalgia.
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, the children must learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lakes, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.
Older cinephiles possibly the parent more grandparents would have adored the book when they where young or a book they read at school. Today’s world technology such as mobile phones, video games, internet overpower us sometimes for our entertainment needs. So it’s great to have a chance to disconnect from the 21st century technology fuelled world for something set in a world where technology would be minimal or non-existent.
Based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome and starring Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, I Give it a Year), Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Spectre) Kelly Macdonald (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Brave) Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve, Shaun of the Dead) and Harry Enfield (Harry Enfield and Chums). Swallows and Amazons will be released in UK&Ireland from 19th August.