Anne Frank Remembered – BBC4
BBC4 Friday 9th January 2009 7.30-9.30pm
The Diary of Anne Frank – BBC1
BBC1 Monday 5th January – Friday 9th January 2009 7.00-7.30pm
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – early March 1945)
2009 is the 80th anniversary of the birth of Anne.
Anne Frank Remembered is the 1995 Academy Award winning documentary film by Jon Blair about the life of the diarist Anne Frank and is one of the finest, best researched documentary films I’ve ever seen.
The documentary complements the new BBC1 series:
The Diary of Anne Frank shown across 5 nights
Monday 5th January – Friday 9th January, 2009 7.00-7.30pm
Anne Frank is played by Ellie Kendrick, her sister, Margot Frank, is played by Felicity Jones; Anne’s father, Otto Frank is played by Iain Glen; Anne’s mother, Edith Frank is played by Tamsin Greig;
Mr Kleiman is played by Roger Frost, Mr Kugler is played by Tim Dantray, Bep is played by Mariah Gale, Miep is played by Kate Ashfield, Hermann van Daan is played by Ron Cook, Petronella van Daan is played by Lesley Sharp and Peter van Daan is played by Geoff Breton.
The Diary of Anne Frank has been adapted by Deborah Moggach (Pride and Prejudice) and is a Darlow Smithson production for BBC One … produced by Elinor Day and directed by Jon Jones
Anne Frank Remembered:
Oscar-winning documentary about the life and legacy of the 15-year-old whose diary records two years in hiding in an Amsterdam office building during World War II. The film combines personal testimony, family letters and rare archive film with contemporary footage, telling her story from her childhood in Frankfurt and Amsterdam to her capture and death in Bergen Belsen in 1945.
Her father Otto, the only survivor of the group, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947.
The documentary was made in association with Anne Frank House, Walt Disney Pictures and the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was originally screened as a TV documentary, but was later given a theatrical release by Sony Pictures.
The film is movingly narrated by Kenneth Branagh and extracts from Frank's diary are read by Glenn Close. The choice of an adult reader is unusual in representations of Anne Frank; Blair has explained that he read Frank's diary as a child, and had a very clear image of what she was like, and found that the use of children's voices robbed the viewer of their own impression of Anne Frank.
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (12 June 1929 – early March 1945) was a Jewish girl born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany. She gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Anne and her family moved to Amsterdam in 1933 after the Nazis gained power in Germany, and were trapped by the occupation of the Netherlands, which began in 1940. As persecutions against the Jewish population increased, the family went into hiding in July 1942 in hidden rooms in her father Otto Frank's office building.
Miep Gies, the woman who had helped shelter the family, and who had saved the diary after the group was betrayed, collaborated with Blair and is interviewed about her memories of hiding the Frank family. Blair also uses interviews with Hanneli Goslar and Jaqueline van Maarsen, two of Anne Frank's friends, and notably uses archive interviews of Otto Frank to retell Anne's story.
Blair filmed in the real locations of Frank's life; including the neighbourhood Anne grew up in, the "Achterhuis" of 263 Prinsengracht (where she and her family lived in hiding) in Amsterdam, and the Westerbork and Auschwitz Concentration Camps. Blair commented that Auschwitz had been filmed a number of times, for many reasons, however he wanted to suggest something of the "ghosts" of the people that had passed through there, and so he determined that the only way to do this would be to film at night. He was also able to obtain a train similar to those used during World War II to recreate the scenes of people being transported to Auschwitz.
After two years, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Seven months after her arrest, Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, within days of the death of her sister, Margot Frank.
The film was made in association with Anne Frank House and includes 7 extraordinary seconds of film footage of Anne Frank herself - the only known film footage ever taken of Anne. The short film was made in 1941 of a wedding in the Amsterdam suburb where the Frank family lived. The camera cuts for just seven tantalisingly brief seconds to a balcony – where we see Anne Frank watching the bride and groom on the footpath below.
This brilliant film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1996.
The Academy Award was jointly collected by Jon Blair and Miep Gies, who received a standing ovation.