Michael Apted’s “56 Up,” the most recent installment in his
groundbreaking series of documentaries checking in with a number of Brits every
seven years over the course of their very divergent lives, will have its national broadcast premiere
on PBS October 14, as part of the award-winning POV (Point of View) series, and
the new PBS Indies Showcase.
The film also streams on POV’s website from October 15 through November 13.
Here’s more info on “56 Up”:
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subjects have agreed to participate in each of the films. Some have dropped out
and then back in, and one of the delights of 56 Up is the love-hate
relationship some have with the series.
Meet Tony, the
charismatic cockney cabdriver who has become so famous that another cabbie
preferred to get his autograph instead of astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s; Neil, who
went from happy child to homeless young adult to lay preacher; Peter, who
dropped out of the series but has returned 28 years later with his band, wife
and children; Jackie, who has gone through marriage, divorce and family deaths;
Lynn, a children’s librarian whose goal as a 7-year-old was to work at
Woolworth’s; John, first seen as an upper-class child and now working as a
barrister and doing charitable work; Nick, who went from farm boy to Oxford
University student to nuclear-fusion researcher, and now teaches in the States;
and Symon, a biracial child of a single mom who passed away at a young age.
Meanwhile, the entire “Up” series is available for streaming on Netflix.