Director Michael Apted Talks "56-Up," Latest in Seminal "Up" Series -Public Radio's The Dinner Party by The Dinner Party Download published on 2013/01/19 01:05:33 +0000 Michael Apted has directed several notable narrative films over the years, like Oscar-winner “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and installments in the 007 and Narnia franchises, to name a few - but his defining work is a documentary fifty-plus years in the making: The “Up” series. Every seven years since 1964, Apted has revisited the same group of 14 Britons, updating us on their families, careers, hopes and fears. It’s become a long-form movie landmark. After garnering raves on British TV last year, the latest installment, “56 Up,” is just making its way to into U.S. theaters. Apted tells Rico about working with real-life characters, gender issues, and what drives him to madness. (You can catch up on the earlier movies on DVD, or stream them on Netflix.) -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.