Dr Jeannette Baxter, reader in modern and contemporary literature at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, examines the relationship between Rex Warner’s ‘dark’ surrealist novel The Aerodrome (1941) and World War II. She considers the influence of Warner’s dystopic imagery on George Orwell and J.G. Ballard, producing a revision of the text in light of current affairs, including the rise of neo-fascist politics and culture, and global terrorism. Includes a screening of the 90 minute BBC adaptation of The Aerodrome, first screened in 1983, followed by a Q&A with Director Giles Foster and Producer Ken Trodd. With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.
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