Swallows and Amazons Cert. PG Picture house at FACT

  • Running time97 minutes
  • DirectorPhilippa Lowthorpe
  • GenreAdventure
  • CastRafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott

Forty-two years after the much-loved original starring Virginia McKenna, Kelly Macdonald steps into her shoes as Mrs Walker in this new adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s influential children’s book Swallows And Amazons.

Holidaying in a spectacularly filmed Lake District, Mrs Walker’s four offspring, Tatty, John, Roger and Susan, quickly jump aboard the eponymous Swallow and set sail for an island that’s long held their imagination. They attract the attention of two sinister figures who are bent on tracking down the mysterious Captain Flint – and they also encounter two more marine adversaries, the Blackett sisters.

On their sailboat the Amazon, the sisters have already claimed the island as their own, and their skirmishes with the Walkers – not without very real dangers – provide the thrust of this hugely engaging adventure from talented director Lowthorpe.

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