George Orwell

When An Adaptation Adds Something New

I recently saw two theatrical adaptations of books that were also made into films. The first, ‘Let The Right One In’, added nothing at all to the original – if anything, it reduced the ambiguities to one simple reading. The other added immensely to its former incarnations. The latter was the Headlong production of ‘1984’, […]

How Close Are We Now To 1984?

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Winston Smith existed in a living hell and was was retrained by the state when he failed to conform. ‘1984’ was the book I studied for my ‘O’ Level English exam, so I thought I’d run a quick check on it to see what’s come to pass. In Smith’s world […]