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The latest installment in the groundbreaking 7 Up series
In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds... See more » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Bruce Balden ... Himself (as Bruce)
Jacqueline Bassett ... Herself (as Jackie)
Symon Basterfield ... Himself (as Simon)

Andrew Brackfield ... Himself (as Andrew)
John Brisby ... Himself (as John)
Suzanne Dewey ... Herself (as Suzy)
Charles Furneaux ... Himself (archive footage) (as Charles)

Nicholas Hitchon ... Himself (as Nick)
Neil Hughes ... Himself (as Neil)
Lynn Johnson ... Herself (as Lynn)
Paul Kligerman ... Himself (as Paul)
Susan Sullivan ... Herself (as Sue)

Tony Walker ... Himself (as Tony)

Michael Apted ... Narrator / Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)

Peter Davies ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Apted 
Paul Almond (director "7 Up")
Produced by
Michael Apted .... producer
Bill Jones .... executive producer
Claire Lewis .... producer
Cinematography by
George Jesse Turner 
Film Editing by
Kim Horton 
Production Management
Karen Stockton .... production manager
Art Department
Sue Bodicoat .... graphic designer (as Susan Bodicoat)
Sound Department
Samantha Handy .... dubbing mixer
Nick Steer .... sound
Dion Stuart .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Gathercole .... assistant camera (as Matt Gathercole)
Jason Trench .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Ian Brown .... on-line editor
Neil Parker .... colorist
Other crew
Michael Apted .... researcher: 7 Up
Helen Breslin .... production coordinator
Nic Jones .... production team: Bulgaria
Jemma Jupp .... production team: Bulgaria
Cort Kristensen .... production coordinator
Gordon McDougall .... researcher: 7 Up
Owen Scurfield .... production team: Bulgaria
Jacki Turner .... production coordinator
Tristan Tull .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tim Hewat .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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180 min (2 parts)
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1.33 : 1 See more »

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By the time this update was made, 12 of the original 14 children were still taking part, with Charles having dropped out at 21, and Peter at 28. Although John had dropped out at 42 he returned for this installment.See more »
Neil Hughes:I see that life comes once, and it's quite short. You have to appreciate what's good in it. And if I could just tell a short story: I was just sunbathing and a butterfly landed quite close to me. It had beautiful wings, with deep red colors, and white sort-of circles on them...See more »
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What do the participants think of "life" and of the project?
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Well into middle age, 9 October 2006
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

"49 Up" (2005), co-produced and directed by Michael Apted, is the seventh episode of a unique venture in film-making. Apted began filming a group of children at age seven, and has followed and filmed their lives every seven years since then.

For us, as spectators, following the progress of the lives of these children has been fascinating. However, the children themselves, who are now well into middle age, don't appear to be very happy with themselves or with the project.

I have two questions about this. In the first place, why are these people so angry at Michael Apted? (We never see Apted, but the individuals confront him, and we hear his answers to their comments.) Naturally, it's hard to know what Apted puts into his films, and what he leaves out. However, as far as I can tell, he's fair and objective in what he shows us. The characters in the movies certainly don't like the films, and most of them don't like Apted. One person, while conceding that being in the film helped him raise money for his favorite charity, refers to the process as the poison pill that he swallows every seven years. The United Kingdom has a population of about 60 million people. That means that these people had roughly a two in a million chance to be chosen for the project. No one else in England--even the Queen--is scrutinized in quite this way. Why aren't they happy to leave a record of their lives?

The second question is, If they hate the project so much, why do they continue to participate? (I don't know if they are paid--that's never been made clear.) In any event, they certainly don't have any legal, moral, or ethical obligation to allow Apted to film them. They could just tell him that they're finished with the project. Why don't they? (Some have, but most return every seven years.)

I had a thought about this after seeing 49 Up. This time, I found the film pretty depressing. Naturally, some people were happier than others, but no one appeared to be really satisfied with his or her life. Could it be that something about being filmed every seven years has altered the trajectory of the lives of these people? Maybe they think they would have been happier if they had never heard about Apted's project. Maybe they're wrong, but maybe they're right.

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