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Ethel & Ernest

Adapted by the UK’s Lupus Films with support from BFI and Ffilm Cymru, from British illustrator Raymond Briggs’ autobiographical, graphic novel, this decades-spanning love story follows Ethel and Ernest as they witness a series of life-changing events. The story might be ordinary and the hand-drawn animation deceptively simple but it gives way to something extraordinarily moving.


  • Roger Mainwood


  • Roger Mainwood
  • Raymond Briggs


  • Luke Treadaway
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Brenda Blethyn


In the 1920s, lady’s maid Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) marries milkman Ernest (Jim Broadbent) and they embark on building a better life for themselves. In 1940s London they raise their son Raymond as the Blitz takes hold, and continue to live in the same terraced house through the horror of Hiroshima, the creation of the Welfare State and the advent of television.