Poignant, funny, and utterly original, Ethel & Ernest is Raymond Briggs’s loving depiction of his parents’ lives from their first chance encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in 1971.Ethel and Ernest are solid members of the working class, part of the generation (Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation”) that lived through the tumultuous era of the twentieth century. They meet during the Depression — she working as a chambermaid, he as a milkman — and we follow them as they encounter, and cope with, World War II, the advent of radio and t.v., telephones and cars, the atomic bomb, the moon landing. Briggs’s portrayal of his parents as they succeed, or fail, in coming to terms with their rapidly shifting world is irresistably engaging — full of sympathy and affection, yet clear-eyed and unsentimental.
Released at the cinema on 28th October 2016, this is sure to become another Briggs classic.
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.
The illustrator from our favourite Christmas story of The Snowman brings us book design that is subtle and friendly in approach to the depiction of ordinary life for people living during a time of enormous change. Brigg’s now familiar and wonderful illustrations bring his own personal story to life in a magical way. The book cover is a modern rendition of an older snapshot in time, and entices the reader into a very moving, loveable story.