Winner! Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael Apted, DOC NYC Festival
Winner! Landmark Award for Michael Apted, Critics Choice Documentary Awards
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Led by Emmy nominated, DGA and BAFTA® award-winning director Michael Apted throughout the decades, this groundbreaking documentary anthology has now reached 63 Up, gaining further illuminating insight into its premise of asking whether or not our adult lives are pre-determined by our earliest influences and the social class in which we are raised. An issue as relevant to our society now as when the series first appeared. The documentary film reveals more life-changing decisions, more shocking announcements and joy and tears in equal measure.
The original Seven Up was broadcast as a one-off World in Action Special inspired by the founding editor Tim Hewat’s passionate interest in the Jesuit saying, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” and his anger at what he saw as the rigidity of social class in England. Seven Up featured the children talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become?
The result was ground-breaking and the follow-up films every seven years have won an array of awards.
Director Michael Apted, who moved to Hollywood in the late 70s to direct films including award-winning film Coal Miner’s Daughter, The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gorillas in the Mist, has returned every seven years to chart the children’s progress through life.
Over six decades, the films have documented the group as they became adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between. Now, as the group reaches retirement age, the film is back to discover what they are doing.
UK, 2019, 144 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Michael Apted
“There's great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped. [Apted] was in his early 20s when he started working on the first film for “World in Action,” a weekly affairs program. In a 2013 interview timed to the last movie, “56 Up,” he said that he realized “when we do ‘84,’ I’ll be 99.” Here’s hoping."– Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“So beautiful and bittersweet. Now on a scale that makes “Boyhood” feel like a flash in the pan, the “Up” series has become a singular portrait of life itself: of its freedoms and limitations; of its differences and similarities; of its predictability and chaos. (Score: A)”– David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
“Remarkable! Cherish 63 UP, like you cherish life.”– Stephen Rodrick, THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“[T]he real brilliance of ‘63 Up’ and its predecessors isn't the light these movies shine on Tony, Jackie, John, Neil and the rest, but the mirror they hold up in front of us.”– Michael O’Sullivan, WASHINGTON POST
“It's very touching... There's a lot to love in this movie.”– Peter Rainer, FILMWEEK (KPCC – NPR, LOS ANGELES)
“It's a wonderful thing, this episodic reality, and it gets richer with time.”– Alastair McKay, LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“If this is the final chapter, as Apted suggests it could be, it's a worthy cap to one of the boldest experiments in world cinema.”– Chris Willman, VARIETY