Ethel and Ernest heading to Long Island in July

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The 22nd Stony Brook Film Festival will be showing Ethel and Ernest in July. The festival is held at Stony Brook University, the State University of New York. The producer of Ethel and Ernest, Camilla Deakin from Lupus Films, will be introducing the film at the festival.

Ethel and Ernest will be one of 36 films that were chosen out of over 2,000 entries for this year’s festival. The Stony Brook Film Festival is a sought-after venue for filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors from around the world, who enjoy having their films shown on one of the region’s largest screens to audiences of up to 1,000 viewers.

“The festival’s recent turn toward international films will continue with screenings of “The King’s Choice,” a Norwegian drama set during the Nazi occupation of Oslo; the Finnish coming-of-age story “Little Wing,” about a 12-year-old girl searching for the father she has never met; and “Ethel & Ernest,” a British animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel about his parents’ relationship from the 1920s through the 1970s.”Rafer Guzman, Newsday.

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“The story is not the only appealing aspect here; this beautifully animated film is also visually captivating.” – Long Island Pulse Magazine

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.

The Radio Times on the making of Ethel and Ernest

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“Raymond Briggs sits at his desk, pencil in hand, brushes in pots and cup of tea at his side. A fresh sheet of paper is ready on an angled desk, and the author and illustrator begins to sketch his parents, Ethel and Ernest Briggs.

This is how Ethel & Ernest, the film adaptation of Briggs’s graphic novel, begins. On paper. By hand. But immediately the action begins, and we’re in London, 1928, with illustrated houses stretching out as far as the eye can see, horse carts clattering along the cobbled streets and a young Ernest hopping on his bike to work.

Moving pictures. It’s such an old idea that we forget how magical it is to watch someone’s drawing skip off the page and come to life. But that’s what Ethel & Ernest is. Magic.”

Read the full article by James Gill and Michael Hodges here


A tweet from Lupus Films on the first day of production at the studio after the lengthy pre-production phase. From left to right Art Director Robin Shaw, Director Roger Mainwood, Animation Director Peter Dodd


Wallpaper artwork for use in the film created by Assistant Art Director Mat Williams

At the Evening Standard British Film Awards

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Lupus Films was at Claridges last night for the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Ethel and Ernest was on the ‘long list’ of six films nominated in the best film category.

Everyman Award for Best Film

  • American Honey
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Ethel & Ernest
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Lady Macbeth
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake won the category. Full list of winners here.

The judging panel was made up of film critics from the Evening Standard, the Times, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

Luke Treadaway, who played Raymond Briggs in ‘Ethel and Ernest’ was also at the ceremony to present one of the awards.

The Evening Standard’s review of Ethel and Ernest is here.


The Times film critic Kate Muir (centre) with the producers of ‘Ethel and Ernest’ Ruth Fielding (left) and Camilla Deakin (right) . Kate Muir was on the advisory judging panel of the Evening Standard British Film Awards. She had interviewed Raymond Briggs for an article about ‘Ethel and Ernest’ in The Times and had given the film a lovely four star review.


Vanessa Kirby and Luke Treadaway (who played Raymond Briggs in Ethel and Ernest) announcing the winner in the Best Film category.


‘I, Daniel Blake’ actor Dave Johns talks with Ricky Gervais at the ceremony.


Camilla talking with Peter Bradshaw, the film critic of The Guardian.

“Raymond Briggs’s graphic-novel tribute to his parents Ethel and Ernest, and their long, happy marriage has been lovingly turned into a feature animation that exactly reproduces the detail and the simplicity of his hand-drawn style.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


The moment Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake was announced as the winner in the best film category.


The Telegraph film critic Tim Robey in conversation with Whit Stillman, writer and director of Love and Friendship. Kate Beckinsale won Best Actress for her starring role in the film.

“Briggs honoured his parents by playing up their chirpy stoicism, but theirs was a generation of vast change, which we witness overtaking them without their full understanding. The backdrop to this very English marriage – soot and grit and survival, and that basenote of touching bafflement – means all the tears are earned.” Tim Robey – The Telegraph (full review here )

More interviews from the Ethel and Ernest premiere, and a great review !

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Cassidy Little from Forces TV reports from the premiere of Ethel and Ernest held on October 15th at the Curzon Mayfair. Click on the link below for the broadcast

This week on the Little Film Show: Illustrator and storyteller Raymond Briggs, of the Snowman fame, has his graphic novel Ethel and Ernest put on the big screen, after a painstaking 10 years in the making.



Below, Tara Jennett from XTV gives a report on films that attracted her attention at the London Film Festival. The section on Ethel and Ernest starts at the 3 min 42 second mark.

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


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.”


Screen Daily article

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