The Giver: The young adult film with a grown-up message

A new sci-fi film adapted from a young adult novel raises interesting questions about privacy, surveillance and state manipulation, reports Tom Brook.

The American sci-fi thriller The Giver had its world premiere this week. The film is based on the popular 1993 young adult novel of the same name and features some big Hollywood stars:  Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

It’s about a young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who resides in a dystopian society – a colourless world where bad memories have been removed from people’s brains so they feel no conflict or pain.

The Giver can be read as a political film. It features a society where citizens are under intense surveillance and are manipulated into believing things that aren’t really true.

Does the film have a special resonance in post-9/11 America? Tom Brook hears from director Philip Noyce, the novel’s author Lois Lowry, and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

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