BBC announces the time of the Ethel and Ernest broadcast.

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The time of the first TV broadcast of Ethel and Ernest has been announced by the BBC. It will be on BBC One in the peak time slot of 7:30 to 9pm on Wednesday 28th December.


Part of the Radio Times online announcement

Q & A at The Abbeygate cinema, Bury St Edmunds

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Another successful Q&A last night, this time at a lovely independent cinema in Bury St Edmunds called The Abbeygate.

Screenings continue around the UK right up until Christmas. For example Eden Court in Inverness are screening the film on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of December.

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Sold out sign outside The Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds

BBC reveal their Christmas 2016 line up


telegraph-article_22nd-nov-2016The Telegraph article on the BBC Christmas 2016 line up highlights Ethel and Ernest


Televisual article on Lupus Films

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“Animation outfit Lupus Films has had its busiest year yet, creating  adaptations of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Ethel & Ernest. But, its founders tell Tim Dams, Brexit means there could be clouds on the horizon.”

Full Televisual article here


Ruth Fielding (left) and Camilla Deakin (right) set up Lupus Films in 2002. They are seen here at the premiere of Ethel and Ernest held at the Curzon Mayfair cinema on October 15th 2016.

Manchester Animation Festival Q & A

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Our latest Q&A took place at the Manchester Animation Festival on the 16th November, followed by a screening of the film. Animation Director Peter Dodd joined Producer Camilla Deakin and Director Roger Mainwood to give a presentation exploring the processes that brought Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel to the screen.

The Q & A was chaired by the festival co-director Steve Henderson. Steve is an animation researcher with the animation academy at Loughborough University and is the editor of the UK’s largest online animation magazine. Skwigly’s review of Ethel and Ernest is here.

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The panel from left to right: Host Steve Henderson co-director of the Manchester Animation Festival, producer Camilla Deakin from Lupus Films, Roger Mainwood director, Peter Dodd animation director.

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Photo: Manchester Animation Festival twitter feed


BAFTA Cymru screening and Q & A at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff

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A visit to Cardiff last night for a screening of the film plus a Q & A after it. This was organised by BAFTA Cymru and it was a chance to catch up again with colleagues from Cloth Cat Animation. Cloth Cat were one of our production partners, handling CG work, TVPaint colouring, and compositing in Nuke. Ethel and Ernest was partly funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, with the support of the Welsh government.

A recording of the Q&A is available here:

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The Q&A session after a screening of Ethel and Ernest at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. From left to right Jon Rennie (managing director of Cloth Cat Animation), Roger Mainwood (director) , Sam Wright (lead CG artist), and Darren Fereday (lead texture artist).

“An iconoclast in sheep’s clothing.”

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Of all the great four and five star reviews we’ve received (see them here) the one that Raymond Briggs was most approving of was in The Evening Standard.  Charlotte O’Sullivan ended her piece with the following paragraph.

“Though this incredibly moving film is full of lovely, antique words (Ernest calls Ethel a “daft ha’porth”; his pet name for Raymond is “boysy”), it doesn’t paint the past in pastel colours. If Ethel & Ernest becomes a Christmas fixture, it will be a reminder that national treasures have the power to make and break tradition. Briggs is an iconoclast in sheep’s clothing. God bless ’im.”

The ‘iconoclast in sheep’s clothing’ line received Raymond’s particular attention and pleasure.


Ethel and Ernest into its second week at cinemas

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Ethel and Ernest continues its cinema run next week. Check out local listings or visit the Ethel and Ernest website’s Where To Watch section.


Posters for Doctor Strange and Ethel and Ernest outside a Picturehouse cinema

“Doctor Strange may be this week’s flashiest comics adaptation but there is another, more modest, one which is just as worthy of attention.


Director: Roger Mainwood

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent

Based on a 1999 bestseller by Raymond Briggs, the creator of The Snowman, Ethel And Ernest charts his parents’ marriage from the 1920s to the 1970s. As Briggs himself says in the cartoon’s live-action introduction, “There was nothing extraordinary about my mum and dad, nothing dramatic or anything.” And yet Ethel And Ernest is irresistible.

With lovely animation that recreates Briggs’s own subtle shading and detailed draftsmanship, the film is a humane and funny portrait of the naive Ethel (voiced by Brenda Blethyn) and her husband Ernest (voiced by Jim Broadbent), a politically savvy milkman.

Although a long central section recounts the horrors of the Blitz, most of the cartoon is an affectionate chronicle of simple lives in a simpler time.”


Express film review


BFI article about the making of Ethel and Ernest


The article is here.

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Paul McCartney’s new song for the film is getting a great reaction

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Paul McCartney’s new song that features in Ethel and Ernest is getting some great reaction from fans. Visit the official Paul McCartney site to read some of them.

The original motion picture soundtrack CD (released by Decca on November 11th) also features a new recording of ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise’, a tune written by Paul’s father James McCartney who led Jim Mac’s jazz band in the 1920s. Look out for the Jim Mac’s Band poster outside the ballroom in the early part of the film as his tune is played!


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