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WOWOW readies Orwell-themed doc “Finding 1984″

Japanese pay-TV net WOWOW and Australian prodco WildBear Entertainment are teaming up to coproduce a documentary on George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (pictured).
November 6, 2014

Japanese pay-TV net WOWOW and Australian prodco WildBear Entertainment are teaming up to coproduce a documentary on George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (pictured) that will explore how the dystopian book relates to society today.

WOWOW most recently coproduced Martin Scorsese’s documentary The 50 Year Argument with HBO Documentary Films and BBC Arena.

Its latest documentary project, entitled Finding 1984, is billed as “a modern commentary” on the novel, which depicts life in a surveillance society and famously introduced concepts such as “Big Brother,” referring to an omnipresent dictator; and the part-security camera, part-television “telescreen.”

The documentary will investigate the concept of a modern surveillance society informed by information technology, and will feature interviews with Japanese artists Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mamoru Oshii, as well as Michael Radford, director of the narrative film Nineteen Eighty-Four, which also came out in 1984.

Finding 1984 will be released exclusively in Japan, airing on WOWOW on December 27.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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