SIFA 2018 | 1984 – The Lecture


George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has captivated and terrified generations of readers since its publication in 1949. The novel describes a futuristic society where a shadowy government exercises absolute control over the lives of its citizens. This chilling imagination of state power is prescient and casts a dark shadow over modern-day politics as we know it. It opens our minds to the effects of global war, the instruments of totalitarianism, the threat of mass media, and the abuse of language.

Gwee Li Sui will also be delivering this insightful lecture that draws out these Orwellian lessons for our time. The original Nineteen Eighty-Four will be analysed in a way that can also shed light on Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillian’s powerful stage adaptation. Gwee will assess the damage to individuality under oppressive conditions created by propaganda, fake news, surveillance, and indoctrination. He will also discuss the novel’s cultural impact and changing relevance across almost seven decades.

(1hr, no intermission)

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Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons.

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Sun Apr 29, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Blue Room, Festival House
29 Apr, Sun, 4pm - 5pm FULL
Venue Address
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Singapore
Singapore International Festival of Arts