Films on literature, music, art, history, society and more. Top up your ideas! The films in the Academy media library form the core of the site effort to nudge folk towards 'being cultured.' In our eyes 'being cultured' just means knowing a bit more about how the world works, how human beings work together best, what it means to be a worthwhile person in a general as well as a particular sense. There is no creed on offer. It's not a religion. There are no absolute answers. But quite a few folk have done it before us so we need to look back as well as we can and use their experience. We need to read their books and look at what they created. The astonishing resource of easily available films like these on your smartphone or screen means that getting cultured is open to millions whereas before it was only a tiny minority of folk 'born lucky' at the top of society you might say who had the chance. They didn't always take it! Make sure you do.. Get going!
Many folk would rate Orwell as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. He went to Eton, the top school for the elite of English society and he served for a time as a police officer in Burma. So to end up as a novelist writing some of the most socially disturbing works ever penned is something of an achievement. It’s not too much to say that not having read Orwell is not to know a lot about yourself and our times. The path to his achievement makes a very interesting subject for this film by Malcolm Hossick. It’s followed by a brief summary of his works. AM022HD18 Dur:34'42"
George Orwell 1903 - 1950
This film by Malcolm Hossick follows the life and work of George Orwell. Orwell was born in India and educated at Eton College. In 1922 he went out to Burma as a police officer. He returned to England in 1927 and determined to be a writer. He was interested in politics...