Milk deliveries still going strong…

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“Milk was still hand-pulled on delivery carts up until the 1950s as depicted in the award-winning Ethel & Ernest, the graphic novel and animation film by Raymond Briggs.”


Ethel and Ernest showing in upcoming film festivals

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Ethel and Ernest is being entered into a number of film festivals in 2017. The ones coming up in the next couple of months are in Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Hong Kong.

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) in Hong Kong is organised on behalf of the EU. Every year the European Union Office to Hong Kong, together with the EU Member States and Switzerland, organise this festival for the pleasure of Hong Kong’s film lovers. One film from sixteen countries has been chosen, and the British Council have put forward Ethel and Ernest to represent the UK. Last year’s UK film selection was 45 years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney. Lupus Films will be represented at the festival by producer Camilla Deakin.

Ethel and Ernest will also be at the Holland Animation Film Festival , The Luxembourg Film Festival, and has been chosen as the closing night film of Anima 2017, which is held in Brussels. The film will also be screened in the Sofia International Film Festival/Bulgaria (9-19 March).

UPDATE: Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon, Czech Republic (2nd – 7th May 2017). Ethel and Ernest selected for INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF FEATURE FILMS FOR GROWN-UPS.

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The poster for The European Film Festival 2017 which is to be held in Hong Kong. Ethel and Ernest are shown bottom right.

Raymond Briggs article in the Telegraph


A day before Raymond’s 83rd birthday the Telegraph has run an article reporting on the amazing response the film release and TV broadcast has had.

The article by India Sturgis is in today’s edition of the paper (Tues 17th January).  Here is a small extract:


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Raymond Briggs reading one of his diary entries from 1947. Photo Roger Mainwood, April 2016.


Ethel and Ernest in ‘Best of Fest’ selection at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Ethel and Ernest received a third screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when it was voted on by audience members as one of their favourite films of the festival. It was chosen out of 192 films from 72 countries that were screened at the festival,

“Thank you so much for letting us share ETHEL & ERNEST with our audience. Happy to announce that it is one of our highest scoring films so far and we’d like to play it on Best of Fest day, January 16th, when we have repeats of our most liked films.” – Lili Rodriguez | Program Manager, Palm Springs International Film Festival 


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Producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood answering questions from the audience after the US premiere of Ethel and Ernest. Mary Pickford Cinema, Palm Springs, January 9th 2017.

Ethel and Ernest’s US premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

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Ethel and Ernest received a warm welcome from the audience at last night’s US premiere. It was held at the Mary Pickford cinema, which felt very appropriate as Mary Pickford was a huge film star during the silent movie era when the Ethel and Ernest story begins.  The cinema is alongside the Buddy Rogers Drive (Buddy Rogers being Mary Pickford’s third husband).

The Desert Sun reports on the screening:



Producer Camilla Deakin and director Roger Mainwood introduce the film at its North American premiere



Queues for Ethel and Ernest tickets outside the Mary Pickford theatre in Palm Springs. In the foreground is a statue of actor and trombonist Buddy Rogers.

Ethel and Ernest DVD available from today

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The DVD includes a ‘Making Of’ documentary (33 mins)


Film critic Mark Kermode’s tweet when the DVD was released


Financial Times DVD review

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