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Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  September 1981 (UK)
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'D'
Christopher Guard ...
Gerald
Leonie Mellinger ...
Emily Mary Cartwright
Debbie Hutchings ...
June
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Victorian Father
Pat Keen ...
Victorian Mother
Georgina Griffiths ...
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Alison Dowling ...
Janet White
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
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Rowena Cooper ...
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Barbara Hicks ...
Woman on Waste Ground
John Comer ...
Man Delivering Emily
Adrienne Byrne ...
Maureen
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'D' is a chronicler of a society in chaos, who looks down on the marauding gangs, and rubbish-strewn streets from the fortress prison of her flat. Buffeted by inner dreams and longings, D finds an alternative world by stepping through the wall of her flat, like Alice through the Looking Glass. Here it is Victorian England, the bosom of an unsettled family, harbingers, perhaps, of the decay to come. She flits between the two sides of her double life, always observing, never participating, and watches as her protégé, Emily, becomes involved with vagrants' leader Gerald and their efforts to control the violent scavengers fail. Written by alfiehitchie

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Doris Lessing has called her novel, the film's source book, "an attempt at autobiography". Apparently, "Memoirs" was written as a response to book editors wanting Lessing to write an auto-biography. According to Tom Sperlinger's "An Interview with Doris Lessing" in 'The Reader', writer Doris Lessing has said that her source novel of this film developed out of a "very hubristic" ambition to write an autobiography in dreams. The book is commonly described as being a a dystopian novel. See more »

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I saw this film on TV in the early eighties. Looking back I remember very little of the detail but it was one of those rare films that made you feel cheated when it finished because you wanted it to continue. Strange yes, but still maintained a credibility throughout. I was totally engrossed.

This film was my introduction to Doris Lessing and shortly after seeing the film I bought the book. Now, having read all her books, Lessing is one of my favourite authors. Would like to see the film again - anyone know if it's likely to be re-released?


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