This winter, George Orwell’s 1984 once again made the best sellers list, 68 years after its initial publication. On April 4th, movie theaters across the country — including Upstate Films — will be participating in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the ‘80s adaptation, starring John Hurt. On April 9th, Upstate will also partner with Oblong Books to present the film followed by a book group discussion.
The second adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel, Michael Radford’s 1984 stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, a man living in a totalitarian state that is dominated by the supreme figurehead, Big Brother. In an attempt to break out, he engages in an illegal affair with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), before running afoul of Inner Party bigwig O’Brien (Richard Burton). Tracked down by the Thought Police, Winston and Julia are “re-educated” into loving the State. At once a cautionary tale and a wicked satire, 1984 is one of the most famous dystopias in the English language, not to be missed on screen or in print.
April 4th at 8:15pm — National Screening:
Why the April 4th National Screening? This date has been chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist begins rebelling against his government by keeping a forbidden diary. Almost 90 cinemas will be screening the film across the country this day. To read a statement about the NATIONAL EVENT DAY, click here.
To purchase movie tickets for the April 4th screening, click here.
*The April 4th screening is for the film only and will not be followed by a discussion.*
April 9th at 1:30pm — Screening + Book Discussion:
On April 9th, Upstate will also partner with Oblong Books to present the film followed by a book group discussion.
To sign up for the Book Group through Oblong Books, click here.
To purchase movie tickets for the April 9th screening, click here.
(UK / 198 / Directed by Michael Radford)
R / 113 mins.