Run time: 97 mins
Arthur Ransome’s beloved tales recounting childhood adventures are told anew on the big screen. The twelve books were named after the title of the first one in the series and set between the two World Wars. Despite some deviations from the original plot, including the addition of heavily overcoated spies, the children, non-actors, are perfectly cast. The Lake District is perfect in all its careless, spectacular beauty and moody tranquillity, fulfilling our love for trees and hills and streams. As for simple penknife and string adventures, this is a delicious tale set in a time of innocence in a most beautiful part of England. “A good-natured, if self-conscious period adaptation that grafts on a new grown-up plotline with dastardly spies” (Guardian) “There’s a period-appropriate honesty to it, easily mistaken at first for earnestness or nostalgia. It stands apart from any other family film you’ll see for a long time.” (Telegraph) Much of it was filmed on the endlessly breathtaking, blue Derwent Water at Keswick, where the most special ‘Cat Bells’ ridge can be seen clearly in many background shots. I will love Keswick in April forever, even in August. This lovely tale will return again and again. So, please come again and again.