“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded. In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. The story centers around Winston Smith (John Hurt), a worker and member of the Outer Party, who starts an illegal affair with Julia and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform. Winston works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth; his job is to rewrite and distort history. As a way to rebel and escape Big Brother’s tyranny, at least in his own mind, he begins a diary, which is an act punishable by death.