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Swallows and Amazons {2016 film adaptation}

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I know there are some amazing and hotly anticipated films coming out this summer; think Finding Dory, Ghostbusters and The BFG. So I was pretty excited to learn about the new adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, the classic children’s story by Arthur Ransome, was being updated for the big screen. This morning we were invited along to watch it before it is released on 19th August.

Swallows and Amazon is a classic, I read the book when I was a child and longed for the same adventures as John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker. There has been one adaptation, back in 1974, so I think that a remake has been long overdue.

Swallows and Amazons 2016 film

What’s it all about? Well, four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.

Take a look at the official trailer here:

Before the film the children were invited to have their faces painted, take part in some crafts, watch balloon parrots being made, as well as meet a real parrot, all of which they loved.

Swallows and Amazons crafting for kids

We love watching films and this is a beautiful adaptation of the book. I’m sure you’ve heard there have been some changes. Small ones, like changing the name Titty to Tatty. Bigger changes, like the addition of Russian spies. I can’t remember the finer details of the original story but everything else seemed to be there.

I hadn’t heard of any of the child actors but there are plenty of famous faces, including Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock), Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield. My 4 and 6 year old loved the film, anything with pirates will be a hit with them, but I like to think the themes of adventure, friendship and fun resonated with them too.

Swallows and Amazons is released on August 19th and is sure to be hugely popular with families of all ages.


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    Viki Marden
    July 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    This sounds like a film that I may like, also love the crafts before hand and would love to see how to make a baloon parrot. X

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    Cathy Glynn
    July 24, 2016 at 7:24 am

    It sounds like a film Grace would love to see. Who doesn’t like a good pirate adventure and I would love to see the changes from the original books x

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    Fashion and Style Police
    July 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Looking forward to the release of Swallows and Amazons. Sounds interesting.

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    Working mum Blog
    July 24, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Really looking forward to the release of this movie! Just watched the trailer and it looks like something I will enjoy watching with my LO.

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    Rhian Westbury
    July 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I remember seeing the advert for this movie but I didn’t realise it was a book to begin with x

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    July 25, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    The trailer for this looks fab, so I think even I would enjoy it x

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    July 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I love it when my favourite books are adapted into movies, this sounds like it will be an awesome film to see

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    July 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I remember the book from childhood, think it sounds like a lovely film.

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    July 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve never heard of the original book! Think I would enjoy seeing the film though 😀 xxx

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