The rest of the reworked plot was pathetic. Find movie and film cast and crew information for Swallows and Amazons (1974) - Claude Whatham on AllMovie Swallows and Amazons is a 2016 British family adventure film directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and written by Andrea Gibb, based on Arthur Ransome's 1930 children's novel of the same name.The film stars Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes, and Harry Enfield. I n 1974, I was one of six children to appear in Claude Whatham’s film version of Swallows and Amazons, based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. Arthur Ransom's Swallows and Amazons has been read by thousands of children over the years so there are many people I am sure, me included, looked forward to seeing their favorite story on the screen. In this film of the first installment, Roger, Titty, Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads, where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. Hailed as 'The feel-good film of Lockdown', it transports us back to a time of freedom,… Four British children, the Swallows, rival two tomboys, the Amazons, on a Lake District holiday in 1929. This didn't happen. See the full list of Swallows and Amazons cast and crew including actors, directors, producers and more. The few bits of Ransoms book that were allowed to stay in the movie looked woefully out of place. The Swallows & Amazons series features numerous boats of all shapes and sizes, some of which were based on ones that Arthur Ransome either owned or knew. The various film and television adaptations have also used their own replicas or close approximations of those boats on screen. 'Swallows & Amazons'(1974) starring Virginia McKenna was broadcast on BBC 2 on Sunday 30th August 2020, recalling the adventures of the Walker and Blackett families on a 'Lake in the North' in August 1929 before the school term began. Swallows and Amazons was the first novel in Arthur Ransome’s much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow.