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


Ethel and Ernest DVD available from January 2nd 2017

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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.

BBC announces the time of the Ethel and Ernest broadcast.

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The time of the first TV broadcast of Ethel and Ernest has been announced by the BBC. It will be on BBC One in the peak time slot of 7:30 to 9pm on Wednesday 28th December.


Part of the Radio Times online announcement

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).

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