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Ageism in Film #10 – What I’ve Learned

“My four and a half years at Age UK London have indeed gone by in the blink of an eye. McCartney claims that life does too. Ethel & Ernest, and many of the other films I’ve seen this year, showed me that he’s right. We’re all ageing. I’ll be 30 in just over a month. Turning 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90 feels like a lifetime away. But it’s only the blink of an eye. After all, just yesterday George and I chatted about the fact that we still think of 1998 as being ‘only the other year’!

Working for Age UK London has, genuinely, taught me that all of us have to fight for older people. ”

Over the last year Danny Elliott has been writing a blog series called Ageism in Film. In his final article he reflects on what he’s learned about film and the age sector.

Ageism in Film #3 – Up

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the film Up. Even I, as a curmudgeon who usually rejects my friends’ love of the bright and shiny world of Disney, had my heart melted by this movie.

Now, it must be said, I’m not entirely sure why Up manages to strike a chord while so many other animated films fall flat. At a guess, it’s a mix of simple – yet effective – storytelling, vibrant visuals, and a script that manages to elicit laughs from viewers of all ages. Which is no mean feat.