Animation director Peter Dodd gives a talk on animating Ethel and Ernest at Animex 2017.

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Experts who have worked on best-selling computer games and hit animated films will share their experiences with enthusiasts and industry professionals from across the globe at this year’s Animex Festival.

Animex takes place at Teesside University in Middlesbrough over five days, from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May. Among the speakers will be Ethel and Ernest animation director Peter Dodd, on the 22nd May at 11am.

Below: Peter Dodd with Raymond Briggs at Raymond’s Sussex home, and working on Ethel and Ernest at Lupus films’ north London studio (2016).

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.

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).

Screen Daily article

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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)

BBC Breakfast report on the making of Ethel and Ernest

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Ethel and Ernest received great coverage this morning on BBC Breakfast ahead of its cinema release on October 28th.

Tim Muffett’s report had interviews with crew members from Lupus Films, and also included an interview with Raymond Briggs at his home in Sussex.

It was also featured on BBC’s South East Today as a regional news item because Raymond lives in Sussex.


BBC South East Today lunchtime news coverage

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BBC South East Today evening news coverage


BBC Breakfast coverage


Tim Muffett and Raymond Briggs






Reissue of the Ethel and Ernest book to coincide with the film launch

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A new edition of Raymond Briggs’ book Ethel and Ernest is being published on the 27th October to coincide with the film launch the following day.

Jonathan Cape – Published 27th October 2016



Tickets go on sale today for “a golden year for animation at the BFI London Film Festival”

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BFI members get a chance to buy tickets today for the London Film Festival.  For non-members ticket sales start on the 15th September.

For lovers of animation in particular this year is being described as a “golden” one. 

“a veritable banquet for animation fans and discerning filmgoers who want to experience a bumper crop of the best animation in the world in one of the best years for animation that I can remember.” – Justin Johnson from the BFI

So a lot to see and enjoy in addition of course to Lupus Films’ debut feature  Ethel and Ernest which screens on October 15th and 16th !



Director’s interview at the London Film Festival programme launch

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Courtesy of Claire Bueno from Premiere Scene

Watch the Ethel and Ernest trailer here.

Ethel and Ernest Facebook page is here

Ethel and Ernest twitter is here

#ethelandernest hashtag on Twitter here


Composer and conductor Carl Davis scores the music for Ethel and Ernest

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We are thrilled to announce that the composer and conductor Carl Davis has written the  music for Ethel and Ernest.

As you will see from his biographical notes   Carl’s range of work is immense. His film compositions include The French Lieutenant’s Woman for which he won a BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards. But perhaps more significantly for our film, which starts in the silent cinema era of the 1920s, are the compositions he has done to accompany silent films.

Earlier this year producer Camilla Deakin, editor Richard Overall, and myself made several trips to Carl’s house in Windsor to hear the progression of the compositions.  We were  bowled over by the beautifully haunting music that we heard on our very first trip, and that piece became the main theme that you will hear at various key moments throughout the film.

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Director Roger Mainwood and producer Camilla Deakin listen to the first play through of what would become the main Ethel and Ernest theme. January 2016.

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Producer Camilla Deakin with Carl Davis – Windsor – January 2016

Carl Davis music for Ethel and Ernest

The finished score waiting to be played by soloist Huw Watkins – Angel Studios, Islington, 16th May 2016

Recording Ethel and Ernest at Angel studios May 2016

The Ethel and Ernest original score being recorded at Angel Studios, Studio 1, Islington, north London, 16th May 2016. Carl Davis is conducting the Chamber Orchestra of London.

The recording took place in May at Angel studios in north London under the musical direction of Chris Egan.  It was conducted by Carl Davis and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. As well as a classical ensemble Carl also employed jazz musicians who were versed in recreating the authentic sound of bands from the 1920s and 1930s. A piano solo of the main Ethel and Ernest theme was performed by Huw Watkins.

Music by Carl Davis is published by Faber Music Ltd., and a soundtrack album of music from the film will become available on Decca Records.

An American who has lived in London since the 1960s Carl is no stranger to composing music that sums up the life of the city he has adopted. Here, in a trip down memory lane, is Carl from 1983…

Ethel and Ernest also uses original recorded music from the periods depicted in the film. A vast range of popular tunes from four decades are woven into the soundtrack, from Al Bowlly’s  1934 recording of ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ through to The Shadows 1963 hit ‘Foot Tapper’  The guiding light on getting clearance on all these tracks was the indomitable Gary Welch and his team at Eyehear music.

Listen out also for a wonderful end credit song written and performed by someone you will all have heard of ! But more on that in a later post….


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