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Swallows and Amazons (1974)

'Swallows and Amazons', written by Arthur Ransome, was published in 1930, with a film following in 1974. It tells the story of the Walker children, who sail a boat named Swallow, and the Blackett children, who sail a boat named Amazon.

The Walkers are staying at a farm near a lake during the school holidays; the Blacketts live in a house on the opposite shore. The Walkers consider themselves explorers, while the Blacketts declare themselves to be pirates. The children meet on an island in the lake, and have a series of adventures that weave imaginative tales of pirate and exploration into everyday life in inter-war rural England. The filming took place in and around the Lake District, this is where Arthur Ransome spent much of his childhood and later life.

A short film 'The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons' made by Sophie Neville who played Titty in the 1974 film, shows images of the filming locations around the Lake District.

Photo Credits: Sophie Neville

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