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


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