I first discovered the totally brill British documentary series UP about 10 years ago. I was browsing Blockbuster video trying to find something interesting to watch. Wasn’t really in the mood for a movie so I looked around the documentary section.
There it was, this black and white old school scientific looking box cover. I picked it up and was amazed that this type of real life social experiment was allowed. To follow a group of kids from age 7 every 7 years. Totally amazing. I’d hate to be a subject, but so interesting to see how different lives are lived at different stages of life.
Last night I downloaded and screened 56 UP. These characters are old now. They’ve matured and have less to hide about themselves. It was sad to see some of the hope and expectations settle into the ordinary. Hard to see the dreams crushed. But there was beauty and resolve. At age 56, most of the characters have accepted their place in the universe. They seem more at peace. Not really happy, but accepting.
I’m 36, going on 37. Like most people my age, i’m still searching. I’m not happy with everything I have in my life. I really need to change this view. I have so much to be thankful for, yet i’m still looking for something better. The dare to be great situation.
Anyway, if you haven’t see “UP” I highly recommend it.
Sean Lee out