POV: 56 Up
Monday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m.
What becomes of the dreams of children?
“It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any [other] cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.” − Roger Ebert
Return to England for the eighth film in a series that’s followed the same group since age seven.
“56 Up” is the latest film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 49 years ago when UK-based Granada’s World in Action team interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old children from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future.
Michael Apted, a researcher for the original film, has returned to interview the “children” every seven years since, at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49 and now at age 56. In this latest chapter, more of the original group takes part than ever before.
From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan to the heartbreaking Neil, more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed as the participants turn 56.
Top photo: Jackie, Lynn and Sue at age 7 in a scene from the first film, "Seven Up!"
Top photo at right: Jackie, Lynn and Sue at 35 in the fifth installment, "35 Up."