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’56 Up’ Director Michael Apted Talks about the ‘Up’ series and the importance of family

British director Michael Apted has had a very long and lucrative career in Hollywood, creating such Oscar-winning movies as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” and “Nell,” along with directing blockbusters like “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough.”

Yet the thing that septuagenarian filmmaker will most likely be remembered for is the “Seven Up” series. Fresh out of school, Apted was hired as a researcher for “Seven Up,” a TV documentary about the changing face of British society. Apted helped select fourteen 7-year-old children from across the socioeconomic spectrum and asked them about their lives and their futures. But starting with “7 Plus Seven,” Apted (who directed subsequent movies in the series) returned to interview the same people every seven years, intercutting their present situations with their past fears and aspirations. The result is portraits of actual lives — with its longings, successes, and disappointments — unfolding onscreen. Watching these movies is akin to catching up with distant relatives at a family reunion. Continue reading ‘’56 Up’ Director Michael Apted Talks about the ‘Up’ series and the importance of family’


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