Another screening attended by Raymond Briggs and Carl Davis

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Having attended the premiere of the film on October 15th Raymond Briggs was at another screening of the film at the Dolby screening room in Soho Square last night. It was followed by a Q & A with Raymond, Carl Davis (composer of the original score for the film), and director Roger Mainwood.



Composer Carl  Davis (centre) in conversation with Raymond Briggs before the screening. Actress Jean Boht, who is married to Carl, is on the left of the picture.

Some first reviews….

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The review in The Metro

Brenda Blethyn on ITV’s This Morning talking about playing Ethel

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Brenda Blethyn chats about voicing a character in animated film Ethel & Ernest and working on ITV series Vera, and shares how much she’d love to be in Game of Thrones.

Preview screenings ahead of release date on Oct 28th

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This morning a number of  Picturehouse cinemas held preview screenings of Ethel and Errnest ahead of the film’s release on Friday October 28th. Some early Twitter reaction is below:


Jim Broadbent talks about his role playing Ernest in the film

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An interview with Jim Broadbent at the premiere of Ethel and Ernest. The premiere was held at the Curzon Mayfair cinema on Oct 15th  and was part of the 60th London Film Festival.

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Raymond Briggs on stage after the premiere screening. (L to R Camilla Deakin (Producer) Roger Mainwood (Director), Raymond Briggs, Justin Johnson (BFI host)

Ethel and Ernest original motion picture soundtrack

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A CD of the music included in the Ethel and Ernest feature film is now available for pre-order . It will be released by Decca records on the 11th of November.

Music is an integral part of the film, with an original score composed by internationally renowned composer and conductor Carl Davis. It is his first score for an animated feature and is performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London with a piano solo by Huw Watkins. There are also original recordings of songs and tunes from the 1920s through to the 1970s that give period flavour to the film, with artists as diverse as Gracie Fields, Charles Penrose, Juliette Greco, The Shadows and Dave Berry featuring on the soundtrack.  

Two tracks in the film come from a very famous musical family. Back in the 1920s Sir Paul McCartney’s father, James McCartney, wrote a tune called Walking in the Park with Eloise when he was leader of the Jim Mac’s Jazz band, a version of which was recorded by Paul McCartney as The Country Hams in 1974. This has been re-arranged specially for the film by Carl Davis and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. In addition Sir Paul McCartney himself has written and performed a brand new song for the film – In The Blink Of An Eye – which plays over the first part of the end credits before leading into a reprise of Walking in the Park with Eloise.


Ethel and Ernest receives PG rating

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The British Board of Film Classification has today given Ethel and Ernest a PG rating.

PG – General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.


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