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Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, History | 28 October 2016 (UK)
The life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs.



(graphic novel), (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
... Ernest Briggs (voice)
... Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
... Middle Aged Doctor (voice)
... Ethel Briggs (voice)
... Raymond Briggs (voice)
... Detective Sergeant Burnley (voice)
... Lady of the House (voice)
June Brown ... Ernest's Step Mother (voice)
... Best Man / Fireman / Train Guard / Doctor (voice)
Simon Day ... Alf (voice)
... Young Raymond (voice)
Gillian Hanna ... Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)
Duncan Wisbey ... Wedding Photographer / Radio Announcer / BBC Newsreader / Newspaper Seller / Tailor / Arthur (voice)
Macready Massey ... Teen-age Raymond
Karyn Claydon ... Jean (Raymond's wife) (voice)


In 1928 London milk-man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house-maid Ethel, their son Raymond being born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees. As hostilities end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school and the birth of the welfare state though Ethel is mistrustful of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is mourning his father too though both Ethel and Ernest will forever be immortalized by Raymond's touching account of their lives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Universal and Vertigo Films had previously worked together to shared distributed Spring Breakers (2012) in the U.K. and Ireland, and they decided to join together again for the U.K. shared distribution of Ethel & Ernest, Raymond Briggs and The Little Film Company hired Vertigo to co-distribute Ethel & Ernest in the U.K. with Universal due to their work for Spring Breakers (2012) and Moomins on the Riviera (2014) as Vertigo was working on Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) at the time after being bought by Protagonist during the Cannes Film Festival. See more »


References Hangman's House (1928) See more »


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Utterly Charming
29 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I had, of course, read the reviews of this film before unintentionally falling upon it by chance on Christmas television.

I have long lamented the lack of charm in most of the recent Disney films, for example, indeed the absence of charm in today's society in general, but it is present in this film in abundance. Not only is this film visually captivating but I was frequently moved to tears by the unexpected pathos of this story, which is a microcosm of the experiences of that most extra-ordinary generation who fought and survived the Second World War and who's members, through age and slow disease, are now virtually all departed from this world.

This film is sincere, amusing and observant, and like the Snowman, however different in style, will endure forever.

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