Rafe Spall Signs Up for New Adapation of Children’s Classic Swallows and Amazons

swallows and amazonsRafe Spall has landed a lead role in the Arthur Ransome’s much-loved classic Swallows and Amazons playing the part of Captain Flint.

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said the movie would remain “faithful to the novel”.But she said director Philippa Lowthorpe was also determined to make a film that “modern audiences can relate to”.

Producers are talking to “a very lovely British actress” about signing up for the role of the mother, while the children, who are also yet to be cast, will be “at the heart of the narrative”.

The film will be set a few years later than the novel, as the Second World War approaches.

Synopsis – John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.

On a personal note, my childhood would not have been complete without this novel. The world it created allowed my imagination to conjure up fantastic adventures long after I stopped reading.

The first adpatation of the novel came in the 1974 movie which didn’t live up to my imagination but was enjoyable all the same.


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