Margaret Atwood

In the Age of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ it’s Time to Revisit ‘Children of Men’

By Justin Morrow

Like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the dystopia of predecessor ‘Children of Men’ is of the moment.

With the recent success ofThe Handmaid’s Tale, perhaps there’s no better time to revisit one of the finest dystopian worlds ever realized on film, Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 masterpiece, Children of Men.

Like the recent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, from 2006, is also based on a novel about dystopian futures without new life. Both films focus on fertility, or, rather, its lack. It’s fascinating that infertility (caused by some unknown environmental disaster) was an element of Atwood’s 1980s, novel as well as James’ book, published in 1993, which goes to show that the clouds have been rolling for some time now, and that there is a relationship between all of these works based on a terrifying, but very possible, vision of the near future.

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From:: No Film School

The Handmaid’s Tale, Donnie Darko and The Mephisto Waltz: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

By Jim Hemphill

Last month saw the premiere of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel documenting a future America in which women are oppressed by religious fundamentalists. The series has been garnering a lot of attention and acclaim, but it isn’t the first time filmmakers have tried their hands at Atwood’s dystopian classic; German director Volker Schlöndorff, working from a script by Harold Pinter, brought the book to the screen in 1990. His version of the story was considerably less well received at the time than Hulu’s, but it’s a compelling, distinctive film – one in which […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine