Swallows and Amazons

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United Kingdom | 2016 | 96 minutes | Philippa Lowthorpe

Based on the enchanting children’s book, this heartwarming adventure introduces two groups of children camping on an island in the middle of England’s picturesque Lake District who goes from foes to friends in order to foil some skulduggerous spies.

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Hoist the sails for an adventure on the high seas...or rather, a serene lake. It's the 1930s and Mrs. Walker (Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire") and her four children board a train for their vacation, but during the trip the children encounter some suspicious trench-coated men looking for someone. Once they reach their summer cottage destination the children have a strong desire to take the caretaker's boat, "Swallow" out to a wooded island in the middle of the lake. Upon their arrival they find a boat bearing the name "Amazon" and shortly thereafter encounter a pair of costumed young women who lay claim to the island and demand that the boys—deemed the Swallows—push off and never return. The children eventually stumble upon Mr. Flint (Rafe Spall) and based on their curiosity about the man inadvertently get pulled into a more dangerous plot around stolen military papers. Director Philippa Lowthorpe (making her feature debut) has crafted a yarn complete with strong female roles, beautiful locations, and a pace that ramps up as the narrative ups the intensity making Swallows and Amazons a truly rousing adventure for the whole family.

Director Biography

British director Philippa Lowthorpe has made a name for herself as the first and so far only female to win Best Director: Fiction at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards. She has spent much of her career working in television, on shows such as "Five Daughters" (2010) and "Call the Midwife" (2012-2013).

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  • Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Principal Cast: Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Orla Hill, Dane Hughes, Bobby McCullock, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Seren Hawkes, Hannah-Jayne Thorp
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Nick Barton, Nick O'Hagan, Joe Oppenheimer
  • Screenplay: Andrea Gibb
  • Cinematographers: Julian Court
  • Editors: Dave Thrasher
  • Music: Ilan Eshkeri
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Festival Agency