Swallows and Amazons arrives on DVD this week

12th December, 2016

New to DVD this week is Swallows and Amazons, a delightful new adaptation of Arthur Ransome's beloved book. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, four children head off on a boat for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

If you want to further explore Swallows and Amazons with your class or club, download our free resource that includes creative classroom activities for students aged 7 and over.

Also released this week is family animation Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the God, in which Asterix’s village falls under attack from the Romans, whose sly new tactics are proving persuasive with the townspeople.

Whichever you order, be sure to leave us your reviews. And if you're in the mood to review, don't forget to enter our Roald Dahl Review Writing Competition, where you can win great prizes!

Swallows and AmazonsSwallows and Amazons PG (7+) 

Duration: 103mins
Year: 2016
Director(s): Philippa Lowthorpe
Cast: Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield, John Henshaw, Jamie Darlington, Orl Hill

This adaptation of the 1935 Arthur Ransome novel is full of daring and adventure, as four inquisitive children on holiday in the Lake District embark on the trip of a lifetime. Looking to get away from the tedium of their summer holiday, the siblings are given permission by their mother to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake. They’re delighted, but when they get there they discover they may not be alone and the dangers of the adult world are not as far away as they had hoped. As the adventures continue, the children find themselves learning about survival, responsibility, and friendship. Beautifully shot, this is a charming, gentle film about the great outdoors and looking at the world from a child’s point of view.

Discover more about the film by watching our young reporter Ceyda interview the film's stars Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald.

Related Films: The Railway Children, Five Children And It, The Secret Garden, Swallows And Amazons

Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the GodsAsterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods PG (7+) 

Duration: 82mins
Year: 2014
Director(s): Alexandre Astier, Louis Clichy
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost, Catherine Tate, Matt Berry, Jack Whitehall, Greg Davies, Harry Enfield

With Caesar’s conquest of France almost complete, only one tiny village stands in the way of his total domination of the country. Unfortunately for him, that village is home to the famously plucky Gaul Asterix, who along with his friend Obelix leads the offensive against the advancing Romans. However, there is a tactical shift as the Romans build ‘The Mansion of the Gods’, a luxury housing development within view of the Gauls, to flaunt their lavish Roman lifestyle. Before long the villagers are less interested in independence and more keen on getting a taste of the finer things in life, and Asterix and Obelix find themselves with a real challenge on their hands…

Related Films: Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar

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