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Akenfield (Dual Format Edition)


A compelling portrait of a traditional way of life facing the industrialisation of the Twentieth Century

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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 as 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 farmer 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.

  • Brand new 4K digital restoration by the BFI National Archive
  • Akenfield Revisited (Rex Pyke, 2004, 39 mins): Making-of documentary with extensive interviews
  • Akenfield on Location (1973, 19 mins) 16mm footage capturing the film's production
  • On-set interview with Ronald Blythe (1973, 3 mins): interview filmed on the first day of production
  • An Interview with Sir Peter Hall (2004, 12 mins): an interview with the film's director
  • An Interview with Garrow Shand (2004, 11 mins): an interview with the film s star
  • An Interview with Ronald Blythe (2004, 15 mins): an interview with the acclaimed writer
  • An Interview with Rex Pyke (2016, 37 mins): newly-filmed interview with the film's producer
  • Akenfield Cast and Crew Interview at the National Film Theatre (2004, 27 mins): on-stage interview, presented with original mute 16mm location footage
  • Production Stills Gallery (4 mins)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Sir Peter Hall and Ronald Blythe
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SKU 5035673012093
Catalogue Number BFIB1209
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1974
Director Peter Hall
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Sound Mono
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 95 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 12
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