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Akenfield (1974)

 |  Drama  |  November 1974 (UK)
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As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.

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As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.

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Three generations of a Suffolk farming come together
22 November 2004 | by (Geldeston Norfolk) – See all my reviews

When this film came out in 1974, it was unique for two reasons. Firstly, most of the cast were not professional actors/actresses and secondly, the film was screened on London Weekend television at the same time it was shown in the cinemas. Back in 1974 the film, although considered innovative, was regarded more for being unusual than for being a 'classic piece of work'. Following its re-release on DVD, Akenfield has withstood the test of time better than most films of its generation and has now become a piece of East Anglian history in its own right. It has without question captured a snap shot of life in the countryside not just thirty years ago, but in Victorian times as well. Life on a farm in Suffolk has changed so dramatically since the seventies it is unlikely we will ever see anything quite like it again. When first shown in 1974 Akenfield attracted some 14 million viewers, a rating most program makers today can only dream of!


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