Spotlight On The Lake District With New Swallows & Amazons Film

Here at The Mortal Man, we really can’t wait for the new film of Arthur Ransome’s brilliant children’s book Swallows & Amazons to come out in the cinemas on August 19th (that’s just a day away!).

Starring Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott and Harry Enfield, the movie was actually filmed on location in the Lake District and if you’re familiar with this beautiful part of the world then you’re sure to spot a few familiar places. There’s Boon Crag Farm in Coniston, for example, and Derwentwater in Keswick, both of which will be taking starring turns on the silver screen.

We’re absolutely certain that people who go and see the film will be mesmerised by the stunning scenery and inspired to come to the Lake District and Cumbria to have their own Swallows-inspired adventures. There’s so much to do here, from spending hours exploring the ancient woodland to boating about on the lakes, that if you get bored, you’re simply not doing it right.

Director of the film Philippa Lowthorpe said: “It was hugely important to me that we filmed Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District. We filmed on Coniston and Derwentwater, with Herbert Island doubling as the infamous Wildcat Island. The Lake District is more than just a location in the film and Arthur Ransome’s story. It’s as important as any lead character. It was exhilarating to capture its epic beauty on the big screen.”

We’re really looking forward to going to see the film ourselves, although we have to say that we are particularly partial to the original 1974 version starring Simon West, Suzanna Hamilton, Sophie Neville and Stephen Grendon. It’ll be interesting to see how the two compare.

If you’re looking for traditional pubs with a great atmosphere, come and see us at The Mortal Man. We promise you’ll have a lovely holiday away!

6 Top Tips For Great Storytelling

After a day walking and a night relaxing in an old fashioned traditional pub, all of us like to tell some tales of our exploits, fictional or otherwise. We all think we’re great at spinning a yarn, but these suggestions for business leaders make great advice for anyone wanting to leave their listeners rapt and asking for more.

Set the scene. Don’t just say where you were, describe everything about where you were. How did it smell? Was it hot or cold? If it was cold enough to make you shiver then pretend to shiver, it creates atmosphere and helps draw the listener in.

Introduce your hero but manage your ego. Everyone wants to be the hero of their stories, but even if you’re talking about yourself in the story don’t let your ego get the better of you. It’s a good place to add a little self-depreciative humour to win your audience over even more.

The twist. This is the challenge to overcome. So your story is about how you had to dry the dog with your mother-in-law’s coat and everyone has a good laugh. Now you introduce the mother-in-law, looking for her coat and walking straight towards you!

These tips should help you master the art of telling a great fireside story, but for one last advanced tip, try to plant a ‘call-back’ into the story, a reference to something that happened earlier to tie the whole thing together. If you pull that off, you’ll have earned a good night’s sleep!