Swallows and Amazons (1974 film)
|Swallows and Amazons|
|Directed by||Claude Whatham|
|Produced by||Richard Pilbrow|
|Music by||Wilfred Josephs|
|Distributed by||EMI Films|
In the summer of 1973, Theatre Projects adapted the story of Swallows and Amazons in colour for the big screen and went up to the Lake District National Park in Cumbria to film it on the actual locations used by Arthur Ransome to create the fictional lake of the novel.
Released by EMI in 1974, directed by Claude Whatham and produced by Richard Pilbrow, the film starred Virginia McKenna (Mrs. Walker) and Ronald Fraser (Uncle Jim) in the main adult roles, and Sophie Neville (Titty), Zanna Hamilton (Susan), Simon West (John) & Stephen Grendon (Roger) as the Swallows.
- Virginia McKenna - Mrs. Walker
- Ronald Fraser - Uncle Jim
- Simon West - John Walker
- Suzanna Hamilton - Susan Walker (credited as Zanna Hamilton)
- Sophie Neville - Titty Walker
- Stephen Grendon - Roger Walker
- Kit Seymour - Nancy Blackett
- Lesley Bennett - Peggy Blackett
- Mike Pratt - Mr. Dixon
- Brenda Bruce - Mrs. Dixon
- John Franklyn-Robbins - Young Billy
- Jack Woolgar - Old Billy
- David Blagden - Policeman
The film has been made available on video, both in VHS and DVD, in the UK, but is not readily available in the US and elsewhere. In April 2010, the boat used as Swallow in the film was bought by a group of enthusiasts and has been restored to sailing condition. It is intended to give people an opportunity to sail in a boat like the original Swallow.
- Tim Devlin. "A day in the life of Swallows and Amazons." Times [London, England] 20 June 1973: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 July 2012.
- Sailing Swallow - the boat from the 1973 film