On Mon, 21 Feb 1994 10:51:53 EST Mark Bunster said:
>british series of films updated recently with 35Up. The previous films are
>28Up, 21Up, etc down to 7Up. The filmmakers have tried to follow all of the
>subjects filmed in the first installment, and they've done a pretty good job.
>(If it's not clear, the subjects were interviewed at 7, then 14, 21, etc.)
>Most were working class, and nearly all are not really that happy with their
>lives (although this is my recollection, and a subjective one at that).
Yes, Michael Apted's films are quite amazing--if for nothing else than
to illustrate the changes in documentary style. The clips from 7UP,which are
included in the subsequent films, are substantially different in interview
Also, the series is interesting for its self-reflexivity. It's apparently
quite popular in Britain and the later shows included comments by the
participants (subjects?) about how the films have changed their lives.
It raises all manner of ethical questions.
P.S. The subjects are from a spectrum of social classes, though the
majority might indeed be working class.
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