Based on the award-winning book by acclaimed British author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, this beautifully hand-drawn film tells the true story of Raymond’s own parents Ethel and Ernest – two ordinary Londoners living through a period of extraordinary social change in twentieth century Britain.
Featuring the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent, this heart-warming and bittersweet film follows Ethel, a lady’s maid, and Ernest, a milkman, from their first chance meeting in 1928 through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934 to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971.
From the socially stratified 1920s to the moon landing of 1969, the film depicts the most defining moments of the 20th century. The darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of VE Day and the emergence of a generation from post-war austerity, to the cultural enlightenment of the 1960s, it’s all conveyed through Ethel and Ernest’s eyes.
Echoing the lives and concerns of the London working classes through momentous social and political change, Ethel & Ernest is an affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.