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The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) Paperback – 25 May 2017
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Sophie has reminded me of one of the happiest times I ever spent on a film. The fun that was had, the friendships forged, the challenges overcome, are all delightfully recalled with a freshness and sense of adventure that has made me smile all over again. --Virginia McKenna OBE, Mrs Walker in Swallows & Amazons
Sophie's magical Swallows tales... a heart-warming account of making the movie. --Daily Mail
A fascinating insight into behind the scenes of the fi lm world. Sophie cleverly intersperses entries from the diary she wrote at the time into her amusingly written memoir of playing Titty. Lots of photos throughout the book bring the scenes to life - a delightful read. --Celia Lewis, author of An Illustrated Country Year
About the Author
Sophie Neville is an award-winning author and the current President of The Arthur Ransome Society. A member of the Nancy Blackett Trust, she joined forces with Sail Ransome in 2010 to buy the original Swallow from the film. Nowadays she lives with her husband on the south coast of England, where she gives talks on the making of the film and how Arthur Ransome influenced her life.
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There’s a magic about Arthur Ransom’s books and especially of “Swallows and Amazons”. He awakens sweet memories from childhood: of playing, exploring and living in the great outdoors. Of sailing on lakes and seas, camping under the stars, of lighting fires and of cooking food that never tastes the same indoors. . . the twists and turns of cunning plots, of spontaneous adventure.
There’s a magic about the film made in 1974- of a happy family and a mother who, though loving, gives a long rein to her children and their freedom for growth, adventuring abroad to explore the landscapes of mountain and lake. Authenticity, innocence and naturalness are the three precious jewels we find here.
There’s a magic about the personality and writing of Sophie Neville revealed firstly in her drama presentation of Titty, a much-loved character of the story and later in her book “The Making of Swallows and Amazons” (1974). As material for this book Sophie began with her childhood diary of 1973 made while she took the part of Titty in the film.
Sophie has given further life to the original and authentic film of a classic adventure story, by re-creating in book form, the story of its filming.
Sophie brings together many different stories and details of the film makers, the camera crews, the make-up artists and hairdressers, the costume designers, the patrons of hotels and guest houses, the parents or chaperones- which she cleverly weaves together to create this compelling and unusual story.
At times I was unable to put down this well written and beautifully presented book : her enthusiasm is infectious.
I felt a special warmth as I shared in the fun, adventure, surprise and intrigue of her story with so many humorous touches- like the references to school work done on a double-decker ‘bus and the antics of all the children and many adults and the simple day-to-day filming routines and the photos of diary pages and call sheets . . . endless fascinating details.
I was afraid a book like this might spoil the film for me. But no, Sophie’s detail and countless little stories and accounts have deepened my pleasure and complimented the film.
Sophie shows her versatile approach in bringing the whole production and related matters to life. I think she has enabled her readers to share in the ups and downs, laughs, incredible surprises and thrills. A unique and compelling read.
The first edition (which grew out of an e-book based on her blog) draws upon her diary written at the time when she was cast in the role of Titty by director Claude Whatham, and gives a fascinating account of how the film was made and behind the scenes insights in to the film making process.
Whatham's film was, and still is, a success for two reasons as he approached the subject material with admiration and respect unlike the makers of the 2016 version who having acquired the rights set out to make a completely different film. His approach succeeded thanks to his determination to stick to the original text as much as he could, and to use ordinary children with no or limited acting experience rather than stage school prima donnas and those with celebrity connections.
Following the publication of the first edition Sophie Neville was contacted by many involved with the film with their own memories, and so has incorporated this information in the new edition.
A great read, even if you have already read the first edition!
It brings back such wonderful memories of that period and we are so lucky that Sophie kept a diary and her mother and father took photos and even movies of the filming, it is an absolute delight to read which I greedily devoured within a day of it being delivered. It so compliments the film and made me want to watch it again.
It was fascinating to read how the children were selected for their parts based on their sailing skills as much as their acting and that they rarely saw an actual script. Some of the scenes in the film out on the lake looked quite scary for four young children in a boat and in fact they clearly were at times.
It was nice to read that Sophie is still in touch with some of the cast including Virginia McKenna who played her mother. She clearly had a fondness for director Claude Whatham who appeared to have a really caring and fun relationship with the children. Having lived myself on Anglesey for the past 12 years I recently read that Claude retired to the island and was sad to find out he died here in 2008.
If you love the film you will love this book.
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