Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin

"Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin changed the way we viewed science fiction/fantasy writing, dragging it from the shadows of pulp fiction disdain towards the realms of literary respectability." ScreenDaily

Showing Times

Thu 22 Nov 18:30

This documentary took 10 years to make, but it was well worth the wait!  Ursula K Le Guin, mostly known for her speculative fiction novels such as A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness, defiantly held her ground on the margins of literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. She was spiky, rebellious and engaging, and quick to see how fiction could be used to attack barriers and process major societal change.  Finally, in the final years of her life her reputation soared, and her influence was cited by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon and David Mitchell.  (Some say without Le Guin's Earthsea there would never have been Harry Potter.)  This is a great introduction for those new to Le Guin, and is full of rich wit and wisdom for those already devoted to her work.

So Mayer, a film critic, author and activist with a passionate commitment to arts and social justice, will introduce the film, and there will be a panel discussion afterwards.

This film is F-rated, meaning it fairly represents women on screen and behind the camera.


Film Information

68 mins

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