Swallows and Amazons, adapted from the classic children’s tale by Arthur Ransome from 1930, is out from 12th December 2016 on Blu-ray, DVD & digital download, courtesy of Studiocanal. This enchanting family adventure is set in the breathtaking British countryside.
This film is 97 minutes long and tells the story of the Walker children, along with their mother (Kelly Macdonald – Brave, Anna Karenina), who embark on a summer trip to the beautiful Lake District. Desperate to escape the tedium of the holiday they sail out on their own for the first time aboard the marvellous Swallow. On their explorations they land ashore a seemingly deserted island and claim it as their own. However they soon realise that they are not alone, with two other children who captain their own vessel; Amazon, claiming the island to be theirs, leading to a battle of wits to determine who will triumph and take the island as their own!
While searching the island’s waters, the ‘Swallows’ also become intrigued by a mysterious man (Rafe Spall – The BFG, Life of Pi) who lives on a house boat and seems to be hiding a dark secret. With Britain on the brink of war, the children find themselves in the midst of an adventure quite different from what they had planned.
Featuring a fantastic British cast including Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock), Jessica Hynes (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Son of Rambow) and Harry Enfield (Scottish Mussel, The Bad Education Movie). With extra features of Bringing a Classic Tale to Life, Deleted Scenes, Clappers, Sailing With Crew and Interviews with Kelly Macdonald, Andrea Gibb and Rafe Spall.
It is a lovely tale of adventure and mystery. We love the stunning British countryside scenes. In order to inspire us, we were sent the wooden sailboat kit along with a bundle of film merchandise to help us along. My daughter loves it. She loves painting! After it dried, she proudly stuck the swallows on her boat! Thanks to Studiocanal for this lovely film for us to enjoy!
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