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Comeback film for actress Julie Christie whose lead performance represented a return to making motion pictures after a three year hiatus. Christie's previous movie had been 1978's Heaven Can Wait (1978).
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Julie Christie's character is never known by any personal name and is only ever referred to as 'D'.
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The film was selected to screen at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' strand.
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The film was released in the same 1981 year as the similarly titled The Survivor (1981). Both pictures were in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre.
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The film was made and released about seven years after its source novel of the same name by Doris Lessing was first published in 1974.
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The character of Emily Mary Cartwright (Leonie Mellinger) was based on Emily Diski according to her. Diski lived with source authoress Doris Lessing for a number of years when she was an adolescent.
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Source novelist Doris Lessing says her source novel grew out of a "very hubristic ambition to write an autobiography in dreams".
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Debut cinema movie of actress Leonie Mellinger.
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According to show-business trade-paper 'Variety', "director David Gladwell apparently did not have the budget to give a more solid look to the degenerating city".
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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.
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The movie won both the Audience Jury Award and the International Fantasy Film Award at the 1982 Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal.
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"D", the film's central character, played by Julie Christie, is also the film's narrator as well.
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One of two filmed adaptations of stories by Doris Lessing first released in the year of 1981. The other picture was Killing Heat (1981) (aka "Killing Heat").
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Final cinema movie [to date, February 2015] written or directed by David Gladwell.
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Debut produced screenplay with the script being co-written by writer Kerry Crabbe.
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The film's source "Memoirs of a Survivor" (1974) book by Doris Lessing is considered to be a "dystopian novel".
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Final film with a producing credit for actor-producer Michael Medwin.
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More known career-wise as an editor than for writing and directing, the film's director and co-writer, David Gladwell, did not perform editing duties on Memoirs of a Survivor (1981).
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First, final and only ever major theatrical feature film directed by David Gladwell.
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One of two adaptations of novels written by Doris Lessing and theatrically released in 1981. The other was "The Grass Is Singing" (Killing Heat (1981)).
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