Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seven Up

One of the more hilarious and fascinating shows I've watched lately is the British documentary, Up series.

"The Up Series consists of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Every seven years, the director, Michael Apted, films new material from as many of the fourteen as he can get to participate. The latest film, 49 Up, was released in September 2005; filming for the next instalment in the series, 56 Up, is expected in late 2011 or early 2012."

My all-time favorite character is Bruce. Even at the young age of seven he was concerned about the lives of other people. He said his heart's "greatest desire" was to see his father (who was living in Rhodesia.) Unfortunately, I couldn't find a clip of him talking about what he wanted to do when he grew up. Trust me, it's HILARIOUS. However, I did find a good clip of another classic moment (the interviewer just asked Paul whether or not he'd like to get married someday):

If you haven't got time to watch them all, at least see the first episode, shot in 1964. The kids are super-cute and then you'll be hooked.


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