7-49 Up [DVD]
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GRANADA'S LANDMARK DOCUMENTARY SERIES
The original Seven Up was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action special, featuring children who were selected from different backgrounds and social spheres to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation that would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become? Inspired by World In Action founder editor Tim Hewat's passionate interest in both the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man", and the rigid class system of 1960s Britain, Seven Up set out to discover whether or not the children's lives were pre-determined by their background.
The result is groundbreaking television - the very first example of a programme recording real people living real lives - and the follow-up films have won an array of awards. Director Michael Apted, who has since moved to Hollywood to direct films, has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life. Over the past five decades, the series has documented the group as they have become adults and entered middle age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between.
This DVD release has been made with the co-operation of the Up production team and features an in-depth interview with Michael Apted on both the series of films and his time as a staff director/producer at Granada, as well as contributor-specific commentaries with producer Claire Lewis, film editor Kim Horton and cameraman George Jesse Turner.
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My only minor critism in each series would be the constant flashbacks to previous interviews. I realise that this was only meant to be viewed every seven years ~ therefore we would need to be reminded of previous questions and subsequent answers given by the children. I chose to watch 4 series in one week ~ so naturally by the fourth series of flashbacks I was growing a little tired of the same footage!
That said I am finding the series extremely entertaining and love watching them all finding their place in society!
of film in cinema history - a documentary life-long chronicle of the
lives of 14 people starting at 7 years old, revisiting them every seven
years through age 49 (so far).
While I could quibble, wishing for a bit more depth here and there
(especially with the women, where there's a bit too much emphasis
on love and marriage at the expense of all else), it's really an astounding,
moving, frightening and uplifting document. There's no way to watch
this remarkable series of films without reflecting deeply on one's own
life, and how you have changed (and stayed the same) over your own
While Michael Aped deserves every bit of credit he's received for this
amazing piece of cultural anthropology, it's important to note the first film,
7 Up,was actually directed by Paul Almond, and Apted was a that point a
researcher for the project.
I am now 80, living in New Zealand where it has recently been shown at our film festival. I had to order it for myself immediately afterwards, and I am finally up to date.
Like some of the participants, I am not altogether sure what the director set out to achieve - was it an effort to discover if the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child...." etc. is valid? Or was it to explore how the British class system predetermines character? Or both?
The over-riding impression I got from the series was that the family, in every case-study portrayed - not background or class - has the most influence on one's life. And it is this revelation (especially in view of today's fragmented and fast diminishing family life) that has made the whole series so worthwhile for me.
I most probably will not be around to see the next episode, but I earnestly hope that it will take place in the allotted seven years' time.
Thank you for this extraordinary and brilliant series, and well done to all concerned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good to have bought this, something l had looked for, for some time.Published 18 days ago by Amecole
Amazing documentary. I have watched these all my life and have been mesmerised by the unfolding stories, as I am of the same age. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs A Huckett
Excellent package for the 7UP series fans. Enjoyed watching them again. Great price, fast delivery. Recomended.Published 9 months ago by JF LITHERLAND
I have always enjoyed this series when it was on terestial tv so I know it will be an enjoyable watch.Published 12 months ago by Vanessa Hunter