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The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 28th Ciné Junior went to ETHEL AND ERNEST.

Jury’s decision:

A touching movie that seduces by the fluidity of its narration, the charm and elegance of its animation, the balance found between lightness and seriousness and its capacity to mix personal history and History with capital H.
The movie also shows an infinite tenderness for its two characters, a modest and rather ordinary English couple whose life we follow, from their first encounter to their last breath, while crossing the 20th century and its lot of technological upheaval, murderous conflicts and lost illusions.


Ethel and Ernest now available in USA and Canada

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From today Ethel & Ernest is available online in the USA and Canada on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft and Fandango. The film will also be out on DVD on the 6th March. For full details and to pre-order the DVD, go to:

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Happy 84th birthday to Raymond Briggs

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Raymond Briggs was born on the 18th January 1934. Happy birthday Raymond on your 84th birthday !

Young Raymond Briggs

A young Raymond Briggs

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Celebrating Raymond Briggs’ 84th birthday at the Half Moon pub, Plumpton, East Sussex. From left to right _Camilla Deakin (Lupus Films Producer), Roger Mainwood (director), Ruth Fielding (Lupus Films producer), and Raymond Briggs.

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Raymond Briggs examining a print of all the costumes worn by Ethel in the Ethel and Ernest film. (Photo by Roger Mainwood. Plumpton, East Sussex_January 2018)

Lupus Films’ Ethel & Ernest gets four British Animation Awards nominations.

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The nominations for the 2018 British Animation Awards have been announced.

Ethel and Ernest has received nominations in four categories.

Best Long Form Animation – For animated films or programmes 23 minutes or longer e.g. TV specials, feature films & animated documentaries.

Best Voice – Brenda Blethyn for her role as Ethel.

Best Craft – for the animation team, led by director Roger Mainwood, animation director Peter Dodd and art director Robin Shaw.

Best Sound – Sound: Adrian Rhodes — Music: Carl Davis with an original song, In the Blink of an Eye, by Sir Paul McCartney

The awards ceremony, now in its 22nd year, will be held at London’s BFI Southbank on 15 March 2018.

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Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent recording the voices of Ethel and Ernest Briggs. Brenda is nominated in the Best Voice category at the British Animation Awards.                                           (photo: Jessica Bassett)


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Brenda Blethyn (Ethel), Jim Broadbent (Ernest), with director Roger Mainwood during the recording at Goldcrest Films. (photo: Jessica Bassett)

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Raymond Briggs Sunday Times interview Dec 17th 2017

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Sunday Times article on Raymond Briggs_Dec 17th 2017

The full interview is available here.

Extract: “The house that has had the biggest impact on me was my childhood home in London. I grew up in a 1914 terraced house in Ashen Grove, Wimbledon Park. A narrow hall led to the sitting room, dining room, kitchen and scullery. Unusually for a working-class home, it had three upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom. I had the back room overlooking the garden. The house was a rather daft design, because our kitchen window was exactly opposite next door’s. If our clock was a bit wobbly, we could look in to see what the Wright’s clock was doing and check the time. My childhood home features in several books, particularly Ethel and Ernest, my portrait of my parents’ marriage. I could draw the dresser in the dining room right now. The house crops up again in Father Christmas, where I depict him shaving and brushing his teeth in our scullery.”

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Raymond Briggs astride the railings dividing his front garden from next door’s garden. The house in Ashen Grove, Wimbledon Park, is also featured in his Father Christmas book.

Ethel and Ernest opens at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles

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Ethel and Ernest opened in Los Angeles on December 15th 2017 at the Nuart Theatre.

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Nuart Theatre Los Angeles showing Ethel and Ernest (photo courtesy Robbie Little)

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Ethel and Ernest gets a week long run at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles starting on Dec 15th 2017. (Photo courtesy of Ruth McCartney and Angie McCartney, pictured).

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Ruth McCartney (L) and Angie McCartney (R) at the Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles.

Among the first to see the film were local LA residents Ruth McCartney and Angie McCartney who have a particular connection to the film. Ruth is Paul McCartney’s step sister and Angie is his stepmother.  Paul McCartney wrote and performed a song for Ethel and Ernest called ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ . It is played over the end credits. Also featured in the film is a composition that Paul’s father Jim McCartney wrote in the 1920s when he was a leader of  Jim Mac’s jazz band. It was called ‘Walking In the Park with Eloise’    and was recorded in Nashville in 1974 by Paul McCartney (washboard), Chet Atkins (guitar), Floyd Cramer (piano). They called themselves The Country Hams. The tune was re-recorded for the film and was arranged and conducted by Carl Davis.

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Jim McCartney’s ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise’ is heard on the soundtrack when Ethel and Ernest are outside a ballroom at the start of the film. It is also played over the end credits after Paul McCartney’s composition ‘In the Blink of an Eye’.

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Eagle eyed viewers will notice that the poster outside the ballroom advertises Jim Mac’s band. That was the name of the band that Paul’s father led in the 1920s.

Raymond Briggs Q & A at Lewes Depot cinema

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A screening of Ethel and Ernest took place on Sunday 10th December at the Lewes Depot cinema, in East Sussex. It was followed by a half hour Q & A with Raymond Briggs. Raymond lives near to Lewes, and the award winning cinema was sold out for his appearance.

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From left to right: Lewes Depot host Robert Senior, director Roger Mainwood, and Raymond Briggs answering questions from the audience

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The audience queue to meet Raymond Briggs and get their Raymond Briggs books signed.

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