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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love. Directed by Michael Radford based on the novel by George Orwell.

Finding 1984, examines the subject matter of the dystopian classic and looks at how technology is allowing modern society to be monitored in ways predicted in the novel that Orwell wrote in 1948.

(@18 minutes 27 seconds) Jennifer Byrne and team are joined by guest panellists Glen Duncan and Germaine Greer to discuss George Orwell's 1984 and Jeanette Winterson's memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

A documentary on George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four that explores how the dystopian book relates to society today. The documentary investigates the concept of a modern surveillance society informed by information technology, and features interviews with Japanese artists Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mamoru Oshii, as well as Michael Radford, director of the narrative film Nineteen Eighty-Four, which also came out in 1984. George Orwell's acclaimed novel continues to astonish readers around the world. He coined terms such as "telescreen," a device that operates as both television and a security camera, "Big Brother" an absolute dictator, and "War is Peace". The meanings of "freedom" and "expression" are questioned by the fate of a hero and a heroine being oppressed with brainwashing and torture under the extreme surveillance society controlled by a totalitarian government in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape.

From reality TV show Big Brother to warnings about surveillance, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has had a lasting impact on modern society.