George Orwell

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Born Eric Arthur Blair to British parents in India, George Orwell went on to become one of Britain's most well-known authors with 1984 and Animal Farm being the most famous novels. 

George Orwell's work is characterized by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Sadly, they remain astoundingly relevant today and are consistently held up as modern classics.

Take a look at this incredible footage from the premiere of 1984, courtesy of British Pathé. The footage is in black and white and provides real insight into what life was like for the rich and famous of the time.

Orwell's dystopian novel is a defining work that was ahead of its time. Totalitarianism, government surveillance, and the horrors of war are all omnipresent themes in 1984. The book remains a mainstay in schools all over the UK. Relevant indeed.

In this footage from 1956, Hollywood stars gather for the film premiere at Leicester Square in London. An enthusiastic crowd can be seen being held back by policemen as the stars enter the theater.

Fans of vintage fashion will have plenty to look at as the high-end fashion from the '50s is on full show in London. There are even some 'Thought Police' scattered around the theater for effect. 

Have a look at the footage below, courtesy of British Pathé:

* Originally published in January 2020. Updated in 2024.