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Akenfield (Dual Edition) Akenfield (Dual Edition)

Released 18th July 2016 Released 18th July 2016
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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.

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.

Extras

2K restoration by the BFI National Archive

Original trailer

Akenfield Revisited (Rex Pyke, 2004, 40 mins): a documentary looking back as 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 Blythe (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

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673012093
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1974
Director Peter Hall
Publisher(s) BFI
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Language(s) English
Running time 95 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 12

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