1984

Tuesday, April 4
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1hr 53mins // directed by:Michael Radford // featuring:John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton // 35mm

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

On April 4, 2017, 90-plus art house cinemas across the country will be collectively screening the movie 1984 starring John Hurt. April 4 was chosen because it is the day George Orwell’s famous protagonist Winston Smith (John Hurt) first rebels against his oppressive government in Oceania by keeping a forbidden diary, where he dares to record his disloyal thoughts about Big Brother.

The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded. In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. Winston, a worker, starts an illegal love affair with Julia, and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.