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Suggested Viewing: Swallows and Amazons

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 04.02.20

Swallows and Amazons [Recommended Age 8+]

97 m. UK. English. Rated PG.

Recommended Age 8+.

Available on YouTube and Tubi

It’s summer vacation and the Walker children are itching for an adventure in the English Lake District. After getting permission to camp out on an island alone, the siblings soon realize that they are not the only ones on the island. 

Why JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara [@TeachEmFilm] recommends it: I love this film because of the beautiful location of the English Lake district, the superb cast and acting, including the child actors, the realistic family dynamics that any one who has a sibling can relate to, and for the simple fact that one must admire how children had to find ways of entertaining themselves back in the 1930’s that did not involve television. This film is an action adventure with mild violence, but younger viewers can still enjoy it while accompanied by grownups. 

Fun Movie Fact: The two older children had to learn how to sail for the movie!

Brainstorm Activity:

Make a list of three places you have or would like to go camping, just like the Walker children in the movie! Mt. Fuji in Japan? Lake Ontario in Canada? Your backyard?

Share your list in the comment section of the Twitter post here or blog post! 

Take it further:

See if you can identify different film techniques in the movie by first visiting the JBFC’s Visual Glossary.

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