The 8th in the Up big screen documentary film franchise from Oscar nominated director Michael Apted, famous for his fantastic 1980s movies, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas In The Mist and Firstborn .
“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, the UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heartbreaking Neil, as they turn 56, more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed.
The Up series began in 1964 with “Seven Up” and was followed every seven consecutive years, with a new entry. “Seven Plus Seven,” “21 Up,” “28 Up,” “35 Up,” “42 Up,” and “49 Up.”
Shockingly, none of the movies in the Up series have ever been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. The movie 28 Up was the highest grossing documentary released in U.S. theaters in 1984.
The movies 7 Up through 49 Up can be seen on Netflix Instant Watcher.