Ethel & Ernest

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Luxembourg | 2016 | 94 minutes | Roger Mainwood

Based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs ("The Snowman"), this humane and funny animated tribute to his parents Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) and Ernest (Jim Broadbent) charts their tender love story from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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Celebrated British illustrator and cartoonist Raymond Briggs is best known for his award-winning picture book "The Snowman" and its film and stage reworkings. But perhaps closest to his heart is his 1998 graphic novel "Ethel & Ernest," a sweet, heartfelt account of his parents' life together, adapted here in beautiful hand-drawn animation and featuring splendid vocal performances from Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) and Jim Broadbent (Iris) as the eponymous couple. The story starts in 1928; she's a lady's maid, he's a lowly milkman, and they make eyes at each other every day as he passes by her window. When Ernest finally musters the courage to ring her doorbell with flowers in hand, they date, marry, and begin a working-class life in the London suburb of Wimbledon. Soon they welcome a third member to the family in young Raymond, but outside the warmth of their domestic life, the world is in turmoil. As World War II ramps up and the bombs start falling, Ethel and Ernest tearfully say goodbye to Raymond as he is evacuated from the city for his own protection. Ethel & Ernest is a quietly beautiful history of England's 20th century through the eyes of two kind souls, their undying love for each other, and the life they gave their undeniably talented son.

Director Biography

Roger Mainwood is one of the UK's leading animation directors. He gained his experience at the London animation studio TVC, where he worked as an animator on most of their award-winning films. These included adaptations of Raymond Briggs' books "The Snowman", "When the Wind Blows" and "Father Christmas." Roger also directed Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Two Bad Mice and Johnny Town-Mouse and was animation director on The Wind in the Willows and Willows in Winter. He was also animation director on the "Little Princess" pre-school series, and directed episodes of the BBC comedy series "Stressed Eric", and was the series director on the BAFTA-nominated series "Meg and Mog".

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  • Director: Roger Mainwood
  • Principal Cast: Voices of: Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway, Raymond Briggs
  • Country: Luxembourg, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding
  • Screenplay: Roger Mainwood, Raymond Briggs (Novel)
  • Editors: Richard Overall
  • Music: Carl Davis
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Little Film Company
  • International Sales: Vertigo Releasing