Film & TV release: Ethel and Ernest

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ee2A new animation film based on the Raymond Briggs’s graphic-novel tribute to his parents Ethel and Ernest has just been released.
Some film critics predict that the Ethel and Ernest film could well rival our perennial festive favourite The Snowman, which is also the work of the same author.


By coincidence, a few years ago Burgh School relied on the Ethel and Ernest book as an inspiration for their filmmaking. The school’s resulting short film earned them a LAFTAs film award presented by the famous Hollywood actor Jim Broadbent. (You can view their WW2 drama Mrs Sykes on YouTube by clicking here.)
Naturally the school were delighted to discover that Jim Broadbent just happens to be the voice of Ernest in the new film release!
It’s unlikely that Jim needed much persuasion to add his famous voice to the new film, as he adores the book. “It’s such a beautiful book by a wonderful artist. It’s truly inspiring – a great, honest story of a whole generation. It’s lovely and irresistible,” he said.
The Ethel and Ernest film was released in cinemas on October 28th. It is a hand-drawn animated film and, according to one film critic, is ‘an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and timed of his parents, two ordinary London couple living through extraordinary events’.
What makes the story extra special is that it is drawn from Raymond Briggs’ own parents’ experiences: how they met, fell in love, married, survived the war and the birth of their son Raymond.
If you’ve read the book then you’re sure to love the film. Here’s the trailer:


Ethel & Ernest is on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th December.

Jack, Year 6
Burgh School

2 Responses to Film & TV release: Ethel and Ernest

  1. admin December 1, 2016 at 11:32 am

    It’s great that this new release brings back those memories of the Burgh School filming triumph!

    YJA Co-editor

  2. Mrs Gould March 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Mrs Sykes is a truly wonderful film. Watching it again, now Mrs Sykes really has retired, makes it even more special. Thank you Jack.