Back in July 2015, residents of the Worth Valley became aware of strange goings on the Railway. Not only was filming going on around our stations but scenes were shot involving roof top actions as a train, “at speed”, travelled along the branch. At the time we were not allowed to divulge the title of the film but now, just over two weeks from launch, we are delighted to announce that the KWVR was chosen as the location for the railway scenes in the children’s classic SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… As a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. As the sleepy British summer is turned on its head, the children must learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lakes, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS is released in cinemas across the country on August 19th. In the meantime, to wet the appetite for this wonderful film, here is the YouTube official trailer released by Studio Canal.
There are very obvious parallels with the Railway Children film, as a truly classic British children’s story. The KWVR is proud to be associated with the best two British family cinema stories.