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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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