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Loosely based on Ronald Blythe’s acclaimed book Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village, this unassuming yet powerful film traces three generations of one Suffolk family and their lives in the farming industry.

Described as a work of rural realism, and shot in sumptuous widescreen, Akenfield features a cast of non-professional actors drawn from the communities of several Suffolk villages. Featuring improvised dialogue and shot mostly at weekends over the course of a year, the film offers an authentic depiction of country life over the changing seasons.

With all three generations – grandfather, father and son – performed by the same actor (local famer Garrow Shand), the film paints a compelling picture of a traditional way of life facing a period of great change, brought about by the industrialisation of the twentieth century.


  • 2K restoration by the BFI National Archive
  • Original trailer
  • Akenfield Revisited (Rex Pyke, 2004, 40 mins): a documentary looking back at the making of Akenfield
  • Behind the scenes footage of the filming of Akenfield 
  • Akenfield at the NFT (Audio only, 2004): onstage interview with Sir Peter Hall, Ronald Blythe and Garrow Shand
  • On-set interview with Ronald Blyth (1974)
  • Interview with actor Garrow Shand (2004)
  • Interview with writer Ronald Blythe (2004)
  • Interview with director Sir Peter Hall (2004)
  • New interview with Rex Pyke, producer of Akenfield (2016)
  • Stills Gallery
  • Fully illustrated booklet with contributions from Sir Peter Hall and Ronald Blythe

Product Details

  • 12
  • Stanley Baxter,
  • Garrow Shand,
  • Ronald Blythe,
  • Ether Branton
  • Peter Hall
  • Free
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Main Language:
  • English
Run Time:
  • 95 mins approx.
  • BFI
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1974

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