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

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.

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

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.

Ethel and Ernest DVD available from today

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

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

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Financial Times DVD review

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4 million watch Ethel and Ernest broadcast premiere on BBC One

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The BBC is thrilled with the reaction to the Ethel and Ernest premiere broadcast. The overnight viewing figures of 4 million are expected to increase greatly on catch up viewing and by iplayer.

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What’s on the telly this evening ?!

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Ethel and Ernest gets its premiere broadcast tonight (28th December 2016 BBC One 7:30pm)

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A scene from the film. Ethel and Ernest get their first TV set.

 

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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

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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

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

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