Last summer on a glorious August day I visited Plumpton Rocks, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, to deliver a location report from the set of Swallows and Amazons.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be on location for a clutch of movies and TV shows over the years. The first was Wall of Tyranny in 1987. Then, over time, I reported from the sets of The Secret Garden (at Allerton Park, Knaresborough) in 1992, Brassed Off (filmed in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire) in 1995, FairyTale – A True Story (in Keighley) in 1996, Little Voice (from Scarborough) in 1997, and more recently L.A. Without a Map (from a Victorian cemetery in Bradford) in 1998, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (from Potter HQ at Leavesden Studios), ’71 (from a Blackburn terraced street doubling as Belfast in the 1970s) and Dark River (Skipton) just two weeks ago.
Being on set is a privilege. It’s also a magnificent insight into the rigours and discipline of filmmaking.
Swallows and Amazons is a throwback to a time when kids got their kicks from the great outdoors. You can read my piece in The Yorkshire Post on August 13.