"Give me a child until they are seven, and I will
show you the man!"
Ignatius of Loyola
Do you agree with this quote?
How readily do we change throughout our lives? Are we destined to be the products of our
backgrounds, or do we have a choice? Are humans as predictable as we think, or are the paths of our
lives determined by a complex interaction of different forces?
If you would like to share your thoughts with other people interested in this subject, join our
interactive documentary film screening of the ‘UP Series’. Our presentation will be an interactive
movie screening that will involve facilitated discussions of each case study.
The Up Series is a series of documentary films produced by Granada Television that have followed
the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The documentary
has had eight episodes spanning 49 years (one episode every seven years) and the documentary has
been broadcast on both ITV and BBC. In 2005, the series topped the list of The 50 Greatest
Documentaries. Every seven years, the director, Michael Apted, films new material from as many of
the fourteen children as he can get to continue to participate.
Join us at Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates for an interactive documentary viewing that will discuss
each case in detail with the audience. Each viewing night will focus on a specific individual
personality on “The Up Series.” Each case study will be discussed with the audience who will be
invited to share their views, predictions and interpretations as to how these British children might
live their lives. Throughout the series, various themes emerge that are of considerable benefit to our
South African society. These themes include: struggling with identity, growing up in different socioeconomic
backgrounds, dealing with marriage and divorce, anger, growing old and the struggles of
dealing with psychiatric disorders, to name just a few.
To become part of our exciting interactive workshops, please contact the practice to book a workshop. Please also refer to our Public Workshops page for further information regarding workshop bookings and process.
WHAT WERE THE CHILDREN LIKE WHEN THEY WERE SEVEN
WHO DO YOU THINK THEY WILL BE AS ADOLESCENTS, YOUNG ADULTS and in
These are some of the questions that will be raised during the
screening. Thereafter you will see for yourself who they actually
become at their next filmed interview seven years later.
BELOW IS A GLIMPSE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE UP
SERIES, JOIN US TO DISCOVER MORE!
Andrew & John
Andrew and John were two of three boys chosen from the same pre-preparatory school in the
wealthy London suburb of Kensington. The three are introduced in Seven Up! singing "Waltzing
Matilda" in Latin. At the age of seven, when asked what newspaper he reads, if any, Andrew stated
that he reads The Financial Times, and all three could say which prep schools, public schools and
universities they planned to attend (Oxford/Cambridge in all cases); two named the specific
Oxbridge college they intended to join.
Suzanne (Suzy) Lusk comes from a wealthy background, and was first filmed at a boarding school.
Her parents divorced around the time of 7 Plus Seven.
Jackie, Lynn & Sue
These three girls were chosen from the same primary school in a working class neighbourhood of
Tony Walker was chosen from a primary school in the East End of London who is introduced along
with his girlfriend Michelle. He wanted to be a jockey at 7, and was at a stable training as one by 14.
Paul Kligerman was at a charity-based boarding school at 7, his parents having divorced and he
having been left with his father. Soon after Seven Up! his father and stepmother moved the family to
Australia, where he has remained in the Melbourne area ever since.
Symon Basterfield was chosen from the same charity home as Paul. He was an illegitimate child, who
apparently never got to know his father, and had left the charity home to live with his mother by the
time of the 7 Plus Seven filming; her depression is alluded to as the cause for him being in the charity
William Nicholas (Nick) Hitchon was raised on a small farm in Arncliffe, a tiny village in the Yorkshire
Dales. He was educated in a one-room school four miles walk from his home.
From a 'Liverpool suburb' Neil Hughes at the age of seven wanted to become an astronaut and
aspired to go to Oxford University .
Bruce Balden wanted to become a missionary at the age of seven. He was attending a prestigious
boarding school. He also said that his greatest desire was to see his father, who was a soldier in
Rhodesia, and he seemed a little abandoned