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DIFFDIFF Journal 2017Children in the spotlight at ‘Swallows and Amazons’ premiere
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Children in the spotlight at ‘Swallows and Amazons’ premiere
Sat Dec 10, 2016
By: Kerry Baggott
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Walking the red carpet and being stopped by photographers en route is hugely exciting when you’re an eight year old, let alone the anticipation of being among the first in the region to see the newest, most talked about movie – ‘Swallows and Amazons’.
But families who ‘did the walk’ were in for another unexpected treat when they attended the MENA premiere of the latest film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s much-loved 1930 children’s book – meeting two of the child actors themselves.
Before the lights in the glittering Madinat Arena, home to DIFF 2016, were dimmed, Orla Hill who plays Susan Walker and Bobby Mcculloch who plays her adorable younger brother Roger, came onto the stage to say a few words.
Bobby talked about how he loved climbing trees and playing in the woods during the making of this movie, while Orla suggested that everyone “put down their phones, stop wasting time and play outside”.
Indeed, the movie sees the children do just that – go on a great adventure outdoors in the glorious countryside of Britain’s Lake District; camp out on an island; battle to gain ownership of the land and unwittingly become embroiled in Russian espionage.
The scenes of the green rolling hills and vast sea-like lakes are shot beautifully.
And of course, there’s a perfectly happy ending – as much for the children in the movie as for those in the audience.

Kerry Baggott
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