Re: Film this weekend

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Posted by JG on August 17, 2016 at 04:32:38 user JG.

In Reply to: Re: Film review in The Times - and further posted by Paul Crisp on August 17, 2016 at 01:35:49:

I'm off to see it again on Monday in Brighton - there was so much to take in that I want another go at it. The official purists on the various film threads will be looking for anachronisms/ centreboard-cases etc: we should be cheering this film as it was done on a small budget, by a British team who care about encouraging Ransomeian values in children (which is what TARS is all about). It's quite true that the added plot elements are a bit Enid Blyton; but the children at the BFI showing absolutely adored them, and this helps to introduce a whole new generation of children to Ransome and to enthuse them about the Ďcamping and fresh airí parallel theme of the film. The writer has done a clever job of condensing the plot elements, seamlessly removing Cormorant Island for example. And itís a lovely old-fashioned film style, with long tracking shots rather than quick-cut flashes for young people with short attention spans. I was glad to see no life-jackets! and interested to hear that unlike the Whatham film with the dinghies often tethered to the camera-raft, the children really were sailing all the time.

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