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Forthcoming events:

21 January 2020  - A Cinema City screening of 'Memoirs of a Survivor' Time: 15:00-17:30

Venue: Cinema City, St Andrew's Street, Norwich. Cost: £3 Tickets:

UEA is pleased to present a rare screening of the 1981 dystopian classic at Cinema City in Norwich, with an introduction by UEA lecturer Iain Robinson.

The film will be preceded by footage from the East Anglian Film Archive, of Rouen Road being transformed into a post-apocalyptic landscape for the making of the movie.

Set in Britain at an unspecified point in the near-future, Memoirs of a Survivortells the story of 'D', a housewife trying to carry on after a cataclysmic war that has left society in a state of collapse.  Rubbish is piled high in the streets among near-derelict buildings covered with graffiti; the electricity supply is variable, and water is now collected from a van.  'D' spends her time examining her relations with authority, with the marauding gangs of brutalised children who roam the streets, and with Emily, the traumatised, orphaned teenager who is delivered into her care.

The movie stars Julie Christie as 'D', Christopher Guard and Leonie Mellinger, with a cameo role from Nigel Hawthorne.  It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

The original Lessing novel, The Memoirs of a Survivor, was first published in 1974.

Iain Robinson is a lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA.  He convenes the module Imaginary Endings: British Fiction and the Apocalypse.

Please note this film has an 18 certificate.

For past events, including our international conference: 'Doris Lessing: The Writer's Quest' visit the programme page: