Rent Akenfield (1974)

3.8 of 5 from 62 ratings
1h 38min
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Synopsis:
Based on Ronald Blythe's acclaimed oral-history book 'Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village', Peter Hall's extraordinary, long-unseen film offers a lyrical yet authentic depiction of British pastoral life. 'Akenfield' tells the story of a farming family who have lived for generations in the bucolic Suffolk village of the film's title. Real-life local farmhand Garrow Shand gives a compelling naturalistic central performance, in three roles, as farmhand Tom Rouse, his father and grandfather - a lineage which has experienced hardship, happiness and love, and struggled with the pressures of mechanisation, two world wars and shifting social mores.
A profoundly romantic work of sublime poetic realism, Akenfield boasts compelling performances from its cast of non-professional actors (drawn from the living communities of several Suffolk villages) and a sweeping, rhapsodic orchestral score composed by Michael Tippett (Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli).
Actors:
, Ronald Blythe, Ethel Branton, Lyn Brooks, Robin Buckingham, Peggy Cole, Charlie Cornish, Mollie Dedman, Ted Dedman, Reg Hall, , Ida Page, Garrow Shand, F.O. Staddon, Barbara Tilney, Charlie Whiting,
Directors:
Producers:
Peter Hall, Rex Pyke
Voiced By:
Peter Tuddenham
Writers:
Ronald Blythe
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/07/2016
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 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): filmed on the first day of production
  • An Interview with Sir Peter Hall (2004, 12 mins): interview with the film's director
  • An Interview with Garrow Shand (2004, 11 mins): interview with the film's star
  • An Interview with Ronald Blythe (2004, 15 mins): 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)
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/07/2016
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 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): filmed on the first day of production
  • An Interview with Sir Peter Hall (2004, 12 mins): interview with the film's director
  • An Interview with Garrow Shand (2004, 11 mins): interview with the film's star
  • An Interview with Ronald Blythe (2004, 15 mins): 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)

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Reviews (1) of Akenfield

Lovely picture of rural life in Suffolk - Akenfield review by SY

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28/12/2018

Brilliant interpretation of the book of the same name by Ronald Blythe. Amateur local residents ( including Ronald Blythe ) give a lovely gentle performance that gives a moving interpretation of just how hard life was for farm labourers .

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