The British Council is proud to present the Hong Kong premiere of Ethel and Ernest, an enchanting animation adapted from Raymond Briggs' graphic novel  at the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) this year.

Camilla Deakin, producer of Ethel and Ernest, and other popular animated films The Snowman and the Snowdog and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, will meet with the audiences in Hong Kong in a series of exciting events. Camilla will share the creative process and behind-the-scenes stories of working with the legendary Raymond Briggs on adapating his works into animated films. In addition, a special screening of We're Going on a Bear Hunt will be presented at the British Council.

Mark your calendar and register for the events!

Ethel & Ernest

 “The animation is beautiful, simple and expressive…Briggs often creates heroes who are as timid as they are strong.”★★★★ Evening Standard

"Raymond Briggs' classic graphic novel Ethel and Ernest is being adapted and watched by incredible 4.7 million viewers at BBC 1 since its broadcast on 28 December 2016" Lupus Film

Director: Roger Mainwood
Voice: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway
Duration  : 94 mins
Language: English (with Chinese subtitles)

Screening on 19 February 2017 (Sun) 17.30 at AMC Pacific Place* and 21 February 2017 (Tue) 19.30 at Broadway Cinematheque.  

*Post-screening Q&A session with Producer Camilla Deakin (conducted in English) on 19 February.

The film received very positive response and all tickets were sold-out during the EUFF. Additional screenings are available on 1 March (Wed) and 2 March (Thu) 20.00 at Broadway Cinematheque and 13 March (Mon) 19.40 at AMC Pacific Place* . Don't miss the chance to see the film.

Heart-warming, humorous and bittersweet, Ethel & Ernest is an affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation. As well as a timeless story of love and devotion it is also a remarkable social history of the 20th Century. Adapted from Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel, it tells the story of Briggs’ parents Ethel and Ernest over a 50-year period from the late 1920s onward that encompasses Raymond’s birth, the Second World War, the creation of the welfare state, the post-war age of austerity and the relative affluence of the 60s. Ethel and Ernest accept misfortune with stoicism and are modest when luck is on their side. The voice work by BAFTA and Golden Globe winners, Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent, makes their characters every bit as memorable. Bleythn captures Ethel’s prudishness and her social pretensions. Broadbent voices Ernest in the same cheery and sometimes waspish way.

For more information on Ethel & Ernest, please visit:  

Ethel & Ernest Producer's Talk -
From Page to Screen - Working with Raymond Briggs on adapting his much-loved books into animated films

Date & Time:  19.00, Monday, 20 February 2017 
Venue: Room 307-8, 3/F., British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Speaker: Camilla Deakin, Producer of Ethel & Ernest, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Films
Conducted in English

Camilla will share her experience of working with legendary Raymond Briggs, renowned author and illustrator, who created SnowmanTM; as well as the challenges that she has encountered in the creative process. 

Special Screening
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Date & Time: 17.00, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 
Venue: Room 307-8, 3/F., British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Speaker: Camilla Deakin, Producer of Ethel & Ernest, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Films
Language: English (without subtitles)
Suitable for aged 5 or above
Free admission. 

Watch the film adaptation of the popular children’s book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Camilla will take the participants to explore what is going on behind the scenes. Also, you are invited to sing along some happy tunes and engage in some fun activities. Both adults and young kids are welcome! 

Ethel and Ernest
Ethel and Ernest ©

Lupus Films

Snowman and the Snowdog
Snowman and the Snowdog ©

Lupus Films

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We're Going on a Bear Hunt ©

Lupus Film

Camilla Deakin - Producer of Ethel and Ernest, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Film

About Camilla Deakin

Camilla Deakin - Producer of Ethel & Ernest, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Films

Camilla started her career as a freelance journalist and moved into TV production as a producer and director. In 2002, Camilla set up Lupus Films with colleague Ruth Fielding. Since then, Camilla has produced animation and live-action films as well as TV series for the BBC, Channel 4, Five, ITV, Disney and Cartoon Network. She also executive produced a number of short films for Channel 4 and the UK Film Council. Camilla produced Series One of the popular CG pre-school show The Hive for Disney Junior; The Snowman and The Snowdog, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, an animated adaptation of the internationally best-selling children’s book. In 2013, Lupus Films received a prestigious BFI Vision Award. With the assistance of that award, Lupus Films produced the first feature film, Ethel & Ernest, a hand-drawn animated film that was based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. The film features the voices of Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and Golden Globe winner Brenda Blethyn.

About We're Going on a Bear Hunt

'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' becomes Channel 4’s most-watched programme of 2016' Lupus Film

We’re Going on a Bear is an animated half-hour special for Channel 4 based on best-selling illustrated children’s book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and been translated in 24 different languages.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and their pet dog Rufus, who decide one day to go on an adventure through the countryside in search of bears. The animation will bring to life the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the 25 year-old classic and bedtime favourite and is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.
Click here to watch the trailer.

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