Swallows And Amazons


Directed By

Claude Whatham


Arthur Ransome’s legendary children’s novel Swallows & Amazons was published in 1930 as the first part of what was to become a much-loved literary series. This beautifully filmed adaptation, written by renowned children’s playwright David Wood, depicts the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow.

Set in the Lake District in the1920’s, Swallows & Amazons follows the children (played by Simon West, Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton and Stephen Grendon) whilst on summer holiday with their mother (Virginia McKenna, Sliding Doors, Born Free). During this trip the children are given permission to sail Swallow to nearby Wild Cat island to set up camp. However what they don’t know is that two rival girls and their boat the Amazon have already claimed the island as their own.

Boasting stunning period detail, this wholesome tale evokes an England of a bygone era where children let their imaginations create their own innocent fun.

Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser, Simon West, Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton and Stephen Grendon
Other Credits

Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome

Release Date
14 August 2014
  • New interviews with Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton and Virginia McKenna
  • New Locations Featurette – With thanks to Bank Ground Farm
  • Behind the Scenes footage with commentary from Sophie Neville
  • Stills gallery
  • Original trailer
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A brand new 2k digital restoration from a 4k scan


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