Filmmaker Michael Apted, who is widely considered among the great living British directors, has been in Charleston to shoot an episode of the television show “Reckless.” While here, he appeared last week at The Terrace Theatre, which offered a special screening of his acclaimed “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Today, Tuesday, he makes his second public appearance locally, this time at the College of Charleston, which will screen Apted’s most recent movie, “56 Up,” the latest documentary in his “Up” series.
Though Apted has garnered significant recognition for his feature films, such as the James Bond movie “The World is Not Enough,” “Gorillas in the Midst” and “Gorky Park,” it is his “Up” television series that probably has received the most critical attention.
It began in 1964 when Apted portrayed a group of 7-year-olds, then continued every seven years, following the lives of these 14 people. Meant as an exploration of class and social differences, the series has evolved to become something quite complex and fascinating.
Apted will answer questions following the screening, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Education Center, room 118. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
“I think what is so impressive about Apted is the tremendous range of his work,” said Colleen Glenn, assistant professor of film studies at the College. “He’s made documentaries and narrative films, worked with big budgets and small, and worked in both film and television. That he’s done this successfully for 50 years is also remarkable.”
Glenn said the “Up” series is sure to be educational as well as interesting.
“I think for students that watching “56 Up” will be eye-opening, as they will get to see people aging in front of their eyes as they view the film. The series really not only questions whether social mobility is possible, but also prompts reflection on our own lives and what we have accomplished.”
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