1984 Season

Big Brother is watching you.

George Orwell’s famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is now 70 years old. Looking back on its predictions and at the state of the world today, it was frighteningly accurate.

From Michael Radford’s bleak vision of postwar Britain as fascistic nightmare—a world all too recognizable as our own, to Françoise Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, a stylish, thought-provoking fable of the resilience of independent thought in an oppressive society, we’re screening a curated selection of films indebted to the seminal dystopian novel.

Fahrenheit 451

Tue 1 Oct, 18:00

Based on science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future society in which all literature is destroyed, this was French director Françoise Truffaut’s only English-language film.

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Brazil (1985)

Sat 5 Oct, 20:30

Former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam was at his most ferociously inventive with Brazil, his third solo outing as a director. It follows dreamy pen-pusher (Jonathan Pryce) as he battles a menacing bureaucratic system in pursuit of his ideal woman.

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They Live

Thu 10 Oct, 20:30

An unemployed worker discovers a secret group that makes sunglasses. He is intrigued and tries on a pair only to discover a terrifying world: in fact many humans are extraterrestrials with hideous scarred faces, billboards order obedience in a Big Brother like manner. With another worker they confront the invaders. But what is Holly, the cute program director of channel 54 doing?

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