Competition: Win ‘Swallows and Amazons: 40th Anniversary Edition’ on Blu-ray



A Film By Claude Whatham

Starring: Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton & Virginia McKenna


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of it’s original release, SWALLOWS & AMAZONS has been beautifully restored and is available now on Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

The release is accompanied by special Anniversary screenings across the country during the School Summer Holidays.

Arthur Ransome’s legendary children’s novel SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was published in 1930 as the first part of what was to become a much-loved literary series.

This beautifully filmed adaptation, written by renowned children’s playwright David Wood (whose latest adaptation The Tiger That Came To Tea opens in July at the Lyric Theatre), depicts the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow.

Set in the Lake District in the1920’s, SWALLOWS & AMAZONS follows the children (played by Simon West, Sophie Neville, Suzanna Hamilton and Stephen Grendon) whilst on summer holiday with their mother (Virginia McKenna, Sliding Doors, Born Free). During this trip the children are given permission to sail Swallow to nearby Wild Cat island to set up camp. However what they don’t know is that two rival girls and their boat the Amazon have already claimed the island as their own.

A heartwarming and enduring tale that finds new fans in every generation, SWALLOWS & AMAZONS is set to have a brand new BBC adaptation, which starts shooting later this year starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey).

Boasting stunning period detail, this wholesome tale evokes an England of a bygone era where children let their imaginations create their own innocent fun. Whether you are rediscovering SWALLOWS & AMAZONS in all its restored glory or introducing it to the next generation, you won’t fail to be charmed by this incredible adventure when it is re-released this summer.


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To celebrate the release of ‘Swallows and Amazons‘, we have 3 x Blu-ray copies of the film to give away courtesy of our friends at Studiocanal.

To enter, fill out the following form with ‘Ransome’ in the subject line, including your full name, address and contact number.

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Competition closes on Monday 11th August, 2014

Winners will be notified by phone / email

Best of luck!



– The winner(s) will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives.
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