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7UP

UK, 1963 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Michael Apted

The original film that began Michael Apted's lifelong obsession to follow the lives of 14 seven-year-olds documented at seven year intervals. (28UP his latest instalment, is also being screened at this Festival.) In 7UP the extremes of the British class system are already obvious — from working class children to precocious, aristocratic readers of The Financial Times, The Urns as "enthralling ... better than therapy and much cheaper”

See also...

SHEILAS: 28 YEARS ON

New Zealand, 2004
Sheilas: 28 Years On New ZealandModelled on the British series 7-Up, Sheilas: 28 Years On follows the lives of five New Zealand women, first encountered in a groundbreaking 1976 TV series, Women. You… More »

28 UP

UK, 1984
In 1963 Granada Television commissioned Michael Apted and Paul Almond to produce 7 UP — a 40 minute documentary based on interviews with 14 seven-year-old children from diverse class and region… More »

TYPICALLY BRITISH

UK, 1995
Francois Truffaut, Stephen Frears reminds us, once observed that the words 'British' and cinema' seemed incompatible. Frears' celebra­tion of one hundred years of British Cinema is an elegant and… More »

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