with Lucy V Hay
Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a TV show that has consistently grabbed ratings and headlines since it first aired in 2017. Set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, where the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude.
The Handmaid’s Tale pulls off the seemingly impossible. Combining powerful political themes and commentary about religion, feminism, terrorism and culpability, the show should have become a mess, fast. Yet with layered characterisation and nuanced, non-linear plotting, The Handmaid’s Tale pulls off a storytelling feat that keeps many millions of viewers engaged, week after week. Winning countless awards including Emmies and Golden Globes for its hard-hitting and relevant storytelling, The Handmaid’s Tale really is the gold standard.
Lucy V Hay will be discussing not only the craft that underpins the writing and making of The Handmaid’s Tale, but also its controversies: how can there be a series two, when the book ended with Offred’s imprisonment (and so did series 1)? Why is Serena Joy so much younger in the show than in the book? Is the Gilead dystopia in danger of becoming true in reality? Can a show that shows so much violence against women be considered ‘anti-feminist’?
When so many writers want to conceive of storylines that ‘say something’ and send red alerts about the state of the world today, this session is unmissable. See you there!
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