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Akenfield
  • Description

    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.

    Extras:

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

Akenfield

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  • Description

    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.

    Extras:

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