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Swallows and Amazons

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Based on Arthur Ransome’s 1930 children’s adventure story, four siblings arrive in the English Lake District for the summer holidays, and convince mother they can be trusted to sail out to an island and camp overnight. What they don’t know is that “pirates” (actually a couple of girls from a neighbouring farm) have already claimed the island for themselves…
This delightful throwback to a period when children’s imaginations were fuelled by Robert Louis Stevenson and John Buchan, not tech companies. There isn’t an ironic bone in the film’s body, but at the same time it’s very clear about core values that don’t feel at all out of date: getting out into the world; honesty and integrity; family and teamwork; physical endeavour, curiosity and courage. Dir. Phillippa Lowthorpe, 2017, UK, 96 min

“A charmingly old-fashioned family adventure—one that you can imagine several generations of a family gathering to watch on a rainy grey Sunday afternoon.”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Arts correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, Hannah Furness, observed,
“The original Swallows and Amazons saw its intrepid children battling the perilous waters of the Lake District summer, a grumpy uncle and, occasionally, one another. The 2016 update, a BBC film of the same name, will add one further foe to that list: gun-toting Russian spies in their midst. The tweaks to the film were inspired by the real life of author Arthur Ransome, who is now known to have been an MI6 spy. At one point, papers in the National Archive reveal, he was under suspicion of being a double agent for Russia. The film plot will use his story as the inspiration for the character of Jim Turner, always thought to have been partially based on the writer himself.”[7]

  • Directed by Phillippa Lowthorpe
  • 2016, U.K.
  • 96 minutes
    Swallows and Amazons

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