It was wonderful to meet TARS members and some of the team who worked on the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons on Saturday, 28th July at The Alhambra Cinema Keswick.
The Arthur Ransome Society President Sophie Neville gave a charming talk before the film, which added a little extra magic to the event.
She played the part of tomboy Titty Walker, displaying a lovely combination of vulnerability, exuberance and imagination that were entirely natural.
All the cast were magnificent.
It was especially lovely to see the amazing Zannah Hamilton when she was in the first blush of youth as a resilient and capable Susan Walker.
The late Claude Whatham who directed the movie showed exceptional mastery in the way he drew out comedy from this gentle period piece based on Arthur Ransome’s most famous novel.
His work was thoroughly complimented by orchestral music which matched the mood and followed every beat of a superb screenplay.
Afterwards the President of the Society signed her books for Arthur Ransome fans who attended the screening. These included delighted children who had thoroughly enjoyed themselves on an uncompromisingly rainy afternoon!
One of her books is The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons. The Kindle version is extremely engaging with its video trailer of this work containing behind the scenes footage that happened as the film was in production.
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