Swallows and Amazons 1974 Film

 

It was wonderful to meet TARS members and some of the team who worked on the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons on Saturday, 28th July at The Alhambra Cinema Keswick.

The Arthur Ransome Society President Sophie Neville gave a charming talk before the film, which added a little extra magic to the event.

She played the part of tomboy Titty Walker, displaying a lovely combination of vulnerability, exuberance and imagination that were entirely natural.

All the cast were magnificent.

It was especially lovely to see the amazing Zannah Hamilton when she was in the first blush of youth as a resilient and capable Susan Walker.

The late Claude Whatham who directed the movie showed exceptional mastery in the way he drew out comedy from this gentle period piece based on Arthur Ransome’s most famous novel.

His work was thoroughly complimented by orchestral music which matched the mood and followed every beat of a superb screenplay.

Afterwards the President of the Society signed her books for Arthur Ransome fans who attended the screening.  These included delighted children who had thoroughly enjoyed themselves on an uncompromisingly rainy afternoon!

One of her books is The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons.  The Kindle version is extremely engaging with its video trailer of this work containing behind the scenes footage that happened as the film was in production.

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Sailing, Seaside and the Lake Country: This is England.

Blow the man down!

 

 

Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde had a love of sailing and the sea.

Here are related photos of Glasson Dock, Coniston Lake and Morecambe, the latter related to next week’s post.

Their kite fest, as you see from the pics is amazing!

 

 

Something’s Cooking!

In Vera or The Nihilists, Wilde’s play set in Russia, (the country which so enchanted Arthur Ransome),  Prince Paul says,

“Culture depends on cookery.”

 

Arthur Ransome also liked to make a reference to the culinary in his series of novels.

Readers must look forward to reading about Susan Walker’s efforts in the great outdoors!

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Since I joined TARS, members have made the most wonderful cake creations and it has been a source of joy reading about them.

Cookery also has an important part to play in literature!

Above is an Arthur Ransome themed Pirate Fortress Cake with Chocolate Coins that is easy to make.

Let us wonder what an Oscar Wilde themed cake would look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Ransome Revealed

 

 

 

 

Did you know that you can still ride on The Gondola, the  steamer in use on Coniston Lake when the world famous Swallows and Amazons author was a child?

The beauty of this ride is captured above.  These photos were taken in summer 2017!

Fans of A R who want to know more about this famous restored boat and the Ransome-Ruskin connection should visit their local library.

Christina Hardyment’s The Life of Arthur Ransome is a delightful work.

Easy to read, informative and a visual dream, this book introduces the places which captivated the author throughout his life and relate them all to his work along with the people he adored.

Don’t miss this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Review of The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Anne Gaelan

 

 

Photos are used with the kind consent of the author.

The Arthur Ransome Society

This uplifting memoir by Sophie Neville tells us how a schoolgirl’s life was transformed by unexpectedly starring in a major film adaptation of the world famous classic tale by Arthur Ransome.

A minor role as author Laurie Lee’s childhood sweetheart led to her winning the role of Ransome’s much-loved tomboy Titty Walker.

Interspersed with the narrative are charming diary entries twelve-year-old Sophie made of her day-to-day experiences.

The book captures the demanding work required of child actors and the additional pressures they faced of discomfort and school work.

The narrative also opens a window onto the detailed process of film making and the many  skills involved.  Photographs include examples of call sheets.

However, the book’s greatest asset is how it communicates a sense of camaraderie between players and crew.

In a profession notorious for back-stabbing it is refreshing to read how such a community worked with mutual respect for each other on a highly commercial enterprise.  Claude Whatham, the director particularly comes across as a kindly and empathetic influence.

This production you feel had heart and its success was deserved.

This work is a treat with an afterward not to be missed!