SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS Movie Coming to the US!

The British film is coming to select US theaters on July 21

Last summer, author Arthur Ransome’s beloved children’s book, Swallows and Amazons, was released as a movie in the United Kingdom, and this summer, it’s coming to select theaters in the United States on July 21st. The film will also be available on Starz beginning in October.

Ransome wrote Swallows and Amazons in 1930, and it was a hit, with its innocence, joy in the pleasures of sailing, and above all, the Walker children’s sense of adventure. The book was so popular that Ransome went on to write eleven more, creating a series that is just as beloved today.

Swallows and Amazons follows the four Walker children: Susan, Roger, John, and Titty (whose name has been changed to Tatty in the film, sparking controversy). They visit England’s Lake District for the summer and sail to a small island in a dinghy named Swallow. The siblings love sailing so much they take the boat’s name for themselves, and they claim the island as theirs. However, they have one problem: they’ve been beaten by Peggy and Nancy Blackett, copilots of their own dinghy called Amazon, so the children battle it out for control of the island.

Samuel Goldwyn Films, along with Orion Pictures, have the North American rights to the Swallows and Amazons film. Peter Goldwyn, Goldwyn’s president, said “I believe it’s important to bring a good family film to the market, and that’s what I found in Swallows and Amazons… The film has a talented cast, and I know this will be a classic like the original book.”

Goldwyn is certainly right about the cast; it features actors such as Andrew Scott, best known for his role as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, and Kelly MacDonald, who starred as Margaret Thompson in Boardwalk Empire and was the voice of Merida in Brave.

Goldwyn’s also right about the movie being a classic. In the United Kingdom, critics loved it. The Telegraph said “there’s a period-appropriate honesty to it…that sets it apart from any other family film you’ll see this summer.” Variety calls it a “very charming…entirely respectable adventure.” We think you’ll like it, too.

You know what they say about screen adaptations…

…you should always read the books first!

Well, even if you started watching the utterly charming and gorgeous Durrells in Corfu on PBS Masterpiece Theater, it’s never too late to pick up the books! Especially with the final episodes coming up, we know you’ll need something to tide you over until Season Two premieres!

The Durrells in Corfu is based on Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy. The books in that series are:


And once you’ve made your way through that series, check out other books by Durrell:

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What the critics are saying about The Durrells in Corfu:

All the Durrells seem to find themselves in Corfu. Viewers will find them irresistible.The Wall Street Journal

The series is a rich family portrait based on the somewhat autobiographical Corfu trilogy by naturalist Gerald Durrell…you will savor this laidback, elegant entertainment.—The Boston Globe

Watch “The Durrells in Corfu,” a lavishly executed production in the Masterpiece tradition, but read Gerald and Lawrence Durrell’s books, too. They offer pleasures that promise to endure long after this public TV series is through.—The Christian Science Monitor

Watch if you like stories about plucky families achieving things. —The New York Times

Swallows & Amazons is coming!

The trailer for the new film, to be released in the UK on 19 August is out!

Arthur Ransome’s beloved Swallows & Amazons has been made into a feature film, with names such as Andrew Scott (Moriarty on the BBC’s Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (the voice of Merida in Brave, and Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter film) to star.

You can read more about the movie, the books, and Arthur Ransome’s life in this great article from The Telegraph.

Swallows & Amazons the film will be released in the UK on 19 August 2016. Watch this space for the US release date, and watch the thrilling trailer below!