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!


The critics react to Ethel and Ernest

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It has been an incredible week for Ethel and Ernest with the film getting amazing critical acclaim.

Four star reviews in: The Times and Sunday Times, Financial Times,The Telegraph, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Metro, Time Out, The Scotsman, The Mail Online, The Express, The Morning Star etc.,

Five star reviews in: HeyUGuys, Britflicks, Flickreel, Camden Review.

There has also been a lot of coverage on Radio and TV, in weekend magazines, and local press. Plus a big article in The Lady with Brenda Blethyn on the front cover. We’re sure Ethel would have been proud of that one!

Plus the Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s commonly thought that artists seldom make stories about happy, stable marriages because where’s the drama in that? Ethel & Ernest, a deeply affecting feature-length animated film, disproves that assumption by unfurling an emotionally rich story about the lifelong marital love affair between two kindly, modest people living in an inconspicuous corner of suburban England. “


Daily Mail Weekend magazine article


The recommendation from the ‘i’ newspaper – Arts Agenda page


The front cover of The Lady with Brenda Blethyn as Ethel

Ethel and Ernest composer Carl Davis’ ‘Maestro’ book launch

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We were at Faber Music Ltd last night for the launch of a new book about the life and career of Carl Davis.  Carl composed the wonderful score for Ethel and Ernest, which is available through Decca records. There is a section in the book about writing the score for the film.


Carl Davis signs copies of his book ‘Maestro’ for Ethel and Ernest producer Camilla Deakin and editor Richard Overall


Carl Davis, Camilla Deakin and Richard Overall share a joke at the signing

“Published to mark his 80th birthday, Carl Davis: Maestro by Wendy Thompson offers a unique glimpse into the life and work of this consummate all-round musician, documenting his immense impact on the many spheres of music-making he has inhabited. Davis’s fascinating life story gives an insight into the prolific composing and conducting career of one of the world’s most celebrated film and television composers.”


Raymond Briggs attends Ethel and Ernest Q&A in Brighton

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On October 30th Raymond Briggs attended a Q & A in Brighton after a screening of Ethel and Ernest at the Dukes at Komedia cinema. It was particularly appropriate as Raymond lives not too far from Brighton, and worked as a part time teacher at Brighton School of Art from 1961 to 1986.

A report from the Brighton Argus is here…

And a blog entry from a member of the audience is here



Raymond Briggs answers questions from the audience after the screening of Ethel and Ernest at Dukes at Komedia cinema in Brighton


Raymond Briggs admiring the chalk mural that front of house staff member Nina Cornwall had done for the occasion. It shows all the books that Raymond has done that have been adapted for the screen.


Raymond Briggs signing books that fans of his had brought along to the screening.

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Raymond signing books after the screening

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