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September 1981 (UK) See more »
Set in a bleak future where roving gangs of children terrorize city streets, and reality is often an illusion... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Julie Christie ... 'D'
Christopher Guard ... Gerald
Leonie Mellinger ... Emily Mary Cartwright
Debbie Hutchings ... June

Nigel Hawthorne ... Victorian Father
Pat Keen ... Victorian Mother
Georgina Griffiths ... Victorian Emily
Christopher Tsangarides ... Victorian Son

Mark Dignam ... Newsvendor
Alison Dowling ... Janet White
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Prof. White
Rowena Cooper ... Mrs. White

Barbara Hicks ... Woman on Waste Ground

John Comer ... Man Delivering Emily
Adrienne Byrne ... Maureen
Marion Owen Smith ... Sandra

Tara MacGowran ... Jill
Jeanne Watts ... Neighbour
Pamela Cundell ... Neighbour
Bryan Matheson ... Neighbour

Ann Tirard ... Victorian Nurse
Jeillo Edwards ... Woman at Newstand
Arthur Lovegrove ... Man at Newstand
John Rutland ... Man at Newstand
Mark Farmer ... Gerald's Courtier

John Altman ... Gerald's Courtier
David Squire ... Gerald's Courtier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Fox
Lee Macdonald
Emily Dean ... Child (uncredited)

Dexter Fletcher ... Terry (uncredited)

Directed by
David Gladwell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kerry Crabbe 
David Gladwell 
Doris Lessing  novel

Produced by
Penny Clark .... producer
Michael Guest .... associate producer
Michael Medwin .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Thorne 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
Film Editing by
Bill Shapter  (as William Shapter)
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Robin Grantham .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Peter Cotton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Timothy Reed .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dennis Bosher .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould .... special effects assistant
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Garth Inns .... special effects technician
Graham Longhurst .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Brown .... gaffer
Roger Deakins .... photographer: second unit
Wick Finch .... best boy
Nick Houston .... clapper/loader
Richard Branczik .... camera assistant (uncredited)
David Farrell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tony Garrett .... focus puller (uncredited)
Location Management
Robin Douet .... location supervisor
Music Department
Mike Thorne .... musician
Other crew
Les Maryon .... animal supplier
Catherine O'Brien .... publicity director
Barbara Allen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant (uncredited)
Susan McGuiness .... unit runner (uncredited)
Lissa Ruben .... continuity (uncredited)

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating)
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Debut produced screenplay with the script being co-written by writer Kerry Crabbe.See more »


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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
to be recommended, 28 July 2000
Author: oakwell ( from Channel Islands

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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