New portrait of Raymond Briggs

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A new portrait of Raymond Briggs is on show at the National Portrait Gallery.


Painted by Carl Randall it shows Raymond outside the home in Wimbledon Park where he grew up.


Nicely timed to coincide with the release of the Ethel and Ernest feature film !



Premiere is now Sold Out !

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Public booking for the 60th London Film Festival  opened today and within hours the premiere of Ethel and Ernest on October 15th was sold out. Raymond Briggs will be attending as  will many of the cast and crew (details to be announced nearer the time by the BFI).

Tickets are still available for the other showing on October 16th at  18:00 hrs. That screening will involve a Q & A and will be at the Haymarket cinema.


Raymond Briggs near his home in Sussex. Raymond will be attending the world premiere of Ethel and Ernest at the London Film Festival on October 15th.

Recording the music at Angel Studios

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Angel Studios, London, May 16th 2016. This is a behind the scenes peek filmed during the recording of the music for ‘Ethel and Ernest’. The music for the film is composed and conducted by the internationally renowned, BAFTA winning, Carl Davis (see earlier post).
On the desk in the foreground is musical director Chris Egan, and also present are Ethel and Ernest producer Camilla Deakin, and film editor Richard Overall. Carl Davis is conducting the Chamber Orchestra of London.
Music by Carl Davis is published by Faber Music Ltd., and a soundtrack album of music from the film will become available on Decca Records.

More extensive behind the scenes filming of this recording session, including an interview with Carl Davis, will become available shortly on the Ethel and Ernest website.


Screen legend Virginia McKenna is in Ethel and Ernest

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Have you been looking at the opening to the Ethel and Ernest trailer and wondering who that wonderfully rich female voice belongs to? We can reveal that it is none other than screen legend Virginia McKenna who plays Ethel’s employer at the start of the film.

Virginia’s films include classics such as A Town Like Alice (1956) for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress, and  Carve Her Name With Pride (1958) .

Here she is at the Royal Premiere of  perhaps her most famous film ,‘Born Free’, held at the Odeon Leicester Square in 1966.


Tickets go on sale today for “a golden year for animation at the BFI London Film Festival”

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BFI members get a chance to buy tickets today for the London Film Festival.  For non-members ticket sales start on the 15th September.

For lovers of animation in particular this year is being described as a “golden” one. 

“a veritable banquet for animation fans and discerning filmgoers who want to experience a bumper crop of the best animation in the world in one of the best years for animation that I can remember.” – Justin Johnson from the BFI

So a lot to see and enjoy in addition of course to Lupus Films’ debut feature  Ethel and Ernest which screens on October 15th and 16th !



BFI London Film Festival programme launch includes Ethel and Ernest

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At the 60th BFI London Film Festival programme launch, Festival Director Clare Stewart reflects on this year’s Festival and its focus on diversity, while BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill reveals the Festival’s new pop-up venue, Embankment Garden Cinema. Filmmakers including director Amma Asante (whose A United Kingdom opens the Festival), director Ben Wheatley (whose Free Fire closes the festival), I Am Not a Serial Killer director Billy O’Brien, and Ethel & Ernest producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood choose their tips from the programme and talk about their new work.

The trailer on Vimeo is here


Director’s interview at the London Film Festival programme launch

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Courtesy of Claire Bueno from Premiere Scene

Watch the Ethel and Ernest trailer here.

Ethel and Ernest Facebook page is here

Ethel and Ernest twitter is here

#ethelandernest hashtag on Twitter here


Composer and conductor Carl Davis scores the music for Ethel and Ernest

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We are thrilled to announce that the composer and conductor Carl Davis has written the  music for Ethel and Ernest.

As you will see from his biographical notes   Carl’s range of work is immense. His film compositions include The French Lieutenant’s Woman for which he won a BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards. But perhaps more significantly for our film, which starts in the silent cinema era of the 1920s, are the compositions he has done to accompany silent films.

Earlier this year producer Camilla Deakin, editor Richard Overall, and myself made several trips to Carl’s house in Windsor to hear the progression of the compositions.  We were  bowled over by the beautifully haunting music that we heard on our very first trip, and that piece became the main theme that you will hear at various key moments throughout the film.

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Director Roger Mainwood and producer Camilla Deakin listen to the first play through of what would become the main Ethel and Ernest theme. January 2016.

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Producer Camilla Deakin with Carl Davis – Windsor – January 2016

Carl Davis music for Ethel and Ernest

The finished score waiting to be played by soloist Huw Watkins – Angel Studios, Islington, 16th May 2016

Recording Ethel and Ernest at Angel studios May 2016

The Ethel and Ernest original score being recorded at Angel Studios, Studio 1, Islington, north London, 16th May 2016. Carl Davis is conducting the Chamber Orchestra of London.

The recording took place in May at Angel studios in north London under the musical direction of Chris Egan.  It was conducted by Carl Davis and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. As well as a classical ensemble Carl also employed jazz musicians who were versed in recreating the authentic sound of bands from the 1920s and 1930s. A piano solo of the main Ethel and Ernest theme was performed by Huw Watkins.

Music by Carl Davis is published by Faber Music Ltd., and a soundtrack album of music from the film will become available on Decca Records.

An American who has lived in London since the 1960s Carl is no stranger to composing music that sums up the life of the city he has adopted. Here, in a trip down memory lane, is Carl from 1983…

Ethel and Ernest also uses original recorded music from the periods depicted in the film. A vast range of popular tunes from four decades are woven into the soundtrack, from Al Bowlly’s  1934 recording of ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ through to The Shadows 1963 hit ‘Foot Tapper’  The guiding light on getting clearance on all these tracks was the indomitable Gary Welch and his team at Eyehear music.

Listen out also for a wonderful end credit song written and performed by someone you will all have heard of ! But more on that in a later post….


London Film Festival announces world premiere of Ethel and Ernest

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The 60th BFI London Film Festival held its programme launch for the press this morning at the Odeon Leicester Square. Ethel and Ernest will receive its world premiere as part of the festival on Saturday October 15th at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema at 15:15. It will have a second showing on the closing night of the festival, Sunday 16th October, at the Haymarket Cinema at 18:00.


Roger at the LFF press launch 2016

Ethel and Ernest director Roger Mainwood being interviewed after the London Film Festival  programme had been announced to the press and media.

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Director Amma Asante being interviewed about her film ‘A United Kingdom’ which will open the festival on the 5th of October

Ben Wheatley

Director Ben Wheatley being interviewed about his film ‘Free Fire’ which will close the festival on the 16th October

The festival programme is broken down into themed sections. We are appropriately enough in the ‘Love’ section of the programming.

Tickets go on sale to BFI members on the 8th of September and to the public on the 15th September via the BFI website, http://www.bfi.orguk/lff

Clare Stewart

Clare Stewart, artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival being interviewed on the balcony of the Odeon Leicester Square having just revealed the exciting festival programme which is now in its 60th year.