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).
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.