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Video: Behind The Scenes of Swallows and Amazons (1974) – Houseboat Bay

Watch a behind-the-scenes video below, shot in 1973 during the filming of “Swallows and Amazons (1974)”. Wardrobe Master Terry Smith walks to a waiting boat wearing Ronnie Fraser’s pith helmet. We approach the Houseboat moored on Derwent Water and find the crew setting up for the scene where Captain Flint is captured and bound. Kit Seymour, playing Nancy, waits on the roof. Lesley Bennett, playing Peggy, stands by to lower the flag. Producer Richard Pilbrow calls from on the shore in his white sunhat, while Neville Thompson is on the camera boat in a yellow shirt. Claude Whatham the Director is sitting in a Dorrie in a yellow tee-shirt being watched by Stephen Grendon through binoculars. 16mm footage on Bolex film…

You can read the whole story by Sophie Neville, who starred as “Titty Walker” in the film, in the second edition of her book “The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)“, which you can buy from our Swallows and Amazons shop.

Video © Sophie Neville. All rights reserved.