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Memoirs of a Survivor

Decidedly wayward adaptation of abstruse and famously not bothered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s tale of a marble-shedding Julie Christie holed up in a feral future London with a teenage girl. An odd mixture of Survivors (Christopher Guard runs a back-to-nature commune) and any number of ‘spooky’ children’s TV serials from the 1970s, when Julie finds – or probably hallucinates – a portal to a Victorian household headed by Nigel Hawthorne behind a rubbery wall in her flat. It all leads up to Guard’s kiddie commune rampaging the dirty streets, before a big egg turns up in Julie’s flat and everybody climbs into it. The combination of iffy effects, egg-and-chips direction and an omnipresent plonking Radiophonic-esque soundtrack lock this future firmly in a very specific past. And all the better for it, of course.

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