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Principal photography begins on Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography has commenced on the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling Arthur Ransome classic Swallows And Amazons.

Marking the feature debut of acclaimed director Philippa Lowthorpe (TV’s The Other Boleyn Girl, Call The Midwife and Jamaica Inn), and adapted from a screenplay by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie), the film will be shot over the summer in the Lake District and Yorkshire.

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed.

But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… As they battle for ownership of the island, they learn the skills of survival and the value of friendship, which helps prepare them for the real danger they must face from the adult world.

Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lake District, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.

The cast includes Rafe Spall (BFG, I Give it a Year) as the enigmatic ‘Captain Flint’ and also features Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, TV’s Boardwalk Empire) as ‘Mrs Walker’, Gwendoline Christie (TV’s Game of Thrones) as ‘Mrs Blackett’, Jessica Hynes (TV’s Up The Women, Shaun of the Dead) as ‘Mrs Jackson’ and Harry Enfield (TV’s Bad Education, Kevin and Perry Go Large) as ‘Mr Jackson’.

The Walker and Blackett children from the beloved Ransome story will be brought to life in this big screen adaptation by young breakthrough stars, including: Dane Hughes as ‘John Walker’, Orla Hill as ‘Susan Walker’, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen as ‘Tatty Walker’, Bobby McCulloch as ‘Roger Walker’, and Seren Hawkes and Hannah Jayne Thorp as ‘Nancy’ and ‘Peggy Blackett’.

Lowthorpe commented: “Watching the young actors learn to sail so brilliantly in our Swallow and Amazon, as we prepare for the shoot, has been a great thrill. I can’t wait to bring this world of pure adventure to life.”

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