GB 2016 1hr 36mins Dir: Philippa Lowthorpe Starring: Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald
Four children plan an outdoor adventure whilst on holiday, and become embroiled in the world of espionage
Although this modern family adventure is based on Arthur Ransome’s book it deviates somewhat from the plot, though it was largely well-received and was quite a refreshing take on the age-old tale. It also features a lot more in the way of railway material than the 1974 original, with some excellent shots filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway using ex-LMS Class 4F 0-6-0 No.43924. The opening sequence has a fairly lengthy scene filmed onboard the train. This starts at Keighley and ends at Oxenhope with some run-bys thrown in and, for good measure, a ‘secret agent’ clinging to the carriage side before dropping off and rolling away down a hillside! The railway footage interestingly includes a shot of the train crossing the closed Hewenden Viaduct in West Yorkshire. The train in this instance is not the only piece of CGI used in the film. One of the run-bys shows the train running through a mountain landscape as it arrives in the Lake District! In addition to this, there is a deleted comedy arrest scene filmed inside a Mk.1 restaurant buffet which includes shots of the 4F entering and leaving Mytholmes Tunnel.