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Class Distinctions - Bridging the gap

What do you think of THE UP SERIES?

This is about Class Distinctions and Bridging the Gap as documented by The Up Series Documentary. In this documentary, the findings show how unfortunately equal opportunities do not exist for every person, however, it gives us more reason to realize and believe that by making a focused and educated change, there can be greater social mobility and we can all overcome obstacles, defying limitations of financial background and upbringing.

First of all, we must accept that they exist in order to do away with them.

This is a page created to collect feedback and thoughts on what viewers thought of the documentary The Up Series. Go directly to write your thoughts.

About The Up Series

Edited version of the original product description

The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple: take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their hopes for the future, and then return every seven years to mark their progress.

However, the results of these experiments, launched in 1963, are anything but mundane, and their revelations about society, maturation, and the human condition were compiled into six extraordinary films, packaged together for the first time in this five-disc set.

We meet the 14 children whose lives we will follow for the next 36 years. What becomes evident almost immediately is that class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and working-class children seem resigned to a life of hard work or inevitable failure due to their backgrounds.

Success, failure, marriage and childbirth, poverty, illness--almost every possible element of the human experience passes before Apted's camera. A one-of-a-kind series and sociological experiment, The Up Series is required viewing for not only documentary fans but any viewer with a curiosity about and concern for their fellow humans.

My General Thoughts

Why is this film important?

Everyone interprets the findings differently, thus on this page I hope to hear from you! My take is that, I've got to admit they exist and that is actually the reason for this website,, to bridge the gap of class distinctions and it is my personal belief that

Read more of my thoughts in June '12's newsletter.

by making a focused and educated change, there can be greater social mobility and we can all overcome obstacles, defying limitations of financial background and upbringing.

Anyway, I'll love to hear from you AFTER you have watched the documentary.

This is the full series:

The Up Series (Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven / 21 Up / 28 Up / 35 Up / 42 Up / 49 Up)

This is the extremely condensed version:

49 Up

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