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First Run Features preps U.S. release for “56 Up”

Michael Apted's 56 Up, the latest instalment in the long-running documentary series, is to receive a U.S. theatrical run courtesy of First Run Features, opening at New York's IFC Center in January.
October 3, 2012

Michael Apted’s 56 Up, the latest instalment in the long-running documentary series, is to receive a U.S. theatrical run courtesy of First Run Features, opening at New York’s IFC Center in January.

The ‘Up’ series has seen a group of Brits being interviewed every seven years, from the age of seven upwards. The subjects are now 56. Apted (The World is Not Enough, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) has overseen every ‘Up’ instalment since the second, when the subjects were all 14-year-olds.

The doc will premiere in the Big Apple on January 4, with a national theatrical run to follow. It aired earlier this year in the UK on terrestrial channel ITV1.

In a statement, Apted said: “This project has spanned my entire working life. It has been a unique and fulfilling experience, the one I treasure most in my career.

“I owe a debt to Granada for their five decades of unstinting support, to First Run Features for launching the films in the USA and sticking with us, but my biggest debt is to the participants for their commitment and courage in seeing it all through.

“It’s no small matter offering your life up for public appraisal every seven years to a large international audience.”

The news comes after the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, Canada, recently unveiled plans to host a two-day ‘Up’ marathon, playing every instalment in the series back-to-back bar the latest, which it will screen in December this year.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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