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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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