This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
|Release Date||:||October 28, 2016|
|Genres||:||War, Animation, Drama|
|Production Company||:||BFI, BBC, Mélusine Productions, Lupus Films, CLOTH CAT ANIMATIONS|
|Production Countries||:||Luxembourg, United Kingdom|
|Writers||:||Roger Mainwood, Raymond Briggs|
|Casts||:||Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris, Roger Allam, Virginia McKenna, Peter Wight, Pam Ferris, Simon Day, Raymond Briggs|
Ethel & Ernest is a tribute by author Raymond Briggs to his working class parents. Both meet in 1928, Ethel who is older, is a maid to a wealthy family. Ernest, a milkman who is 5 years her junior waves at her every day and then one day brings her flowers and asks her out.
Ernest is a Labour supporter, Ethel believe that the toffs are born to rule and is a Conservative. They get married and Ernest saves enough money to put down a deposit for a house and get a mortgage. Eventually little Raymond arrives but they could not have anymore children. When war breaks out Raymond is sent to the country where he would be away from the bombing raids.
After the war, Ernest cheers on the creation of the welfare state but ongoing rationing places a strain. As Raymond gets older, he does his bit in National Service and later goes to art school and insists on having long hair.
The film becomes more episodic as we go through the swinging sixties and eventually to their old age. Ernest, ever the optimist, although it dawns on him that as a manual worker, he was always relatively low paid (he finds out that Raymond could earn just as much as him by working one day in art school) but he did manage to buy a house in London and eventually purchased a car.
A charming animated film of two people in love and coping with events but also a social history of the twentieth century. Lovely voice work from Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent.