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"Akenfield" is a film made by Peter Hall in 1974, based loosely upon the book Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe. It can claim a degree of cult status - and has been described as a work of rural realism, unusual in relation to East Anglia. Ronald Blythe himself has a cameo role as the vicar and all other parts are played by real-life villagers who improvised their own dialogue. There are no professional actors in the piece. The director's father Reg Hall, a station master born in Bury St Edmunds, appears briefly as the village policeman walking down a lane with a bicycle. Ronald Blythe's book is the distillation of interviews with local people, and his technique is somewhat echoed in the pioneering verbatim theatre style developed in London Road at the National Theatre in 2011. Akenfield the film is a work of fiction, based on an 18-page story synopsis by Blythe. Most of the filming was done at weekends, when the cast was available, and shooting took almost a year - following the changing seasons in the process. The music was intended to be written by Benjamin Britten, himself a Suffolk man, but he suffered a heart attack and was unable to work.


"Akenfield" is a book by Ronald Blythe.

  • also known as "Akenfield (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)", "Akenfield; portrait of an English village"; "Akenfield: portrait of an English village"
  • genre: Biography
  • subjects: England, Great Britain, History, Europe, British Cuisine, World

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2003)

From the Village to the Virtual World by DAVID LEVINSON, KAREN CHRISTENSEN

While Blythe's Akenfield was writerly or literary in character, more recent analyses of formerly rural villages have a distinctly social scientific flavor. A good example is sociologist Michael Bell's 1994 study of Childerly, a village near London ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Film (1991)

by James Monaco

Akenfield 1974 (d,p ); The Pedestrian 1974 (a). Haller, Ernest • Director of photography; also actor.

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Scrabble value of A1K5E1N1F4I1E1L1D2

The value of this 9-letter word is 17 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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