Tag Archives: power

Neame, Ronald (dir) Windom’s way


A doctor’s sophisticated wife joins him at his remote Asian practice to try and patch up their marriage. Increasingly violent friction between local rubber plantation workers and the authorities force both parties to make decisions.

Producers: John Bryan, John Hawkesworth, Earl St. John
Year: 1957
Director: Ronald Neame
Writer: Jill Craigie

Macdonald, Kevin (dir). The last king of Scotland.


The Last King of Scotland tells the fictional story of Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scottish doctor who travels to Uganda and becomes the personal physician to the dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). The film is based on factual events of Amin’s rule and the title comes from a reporter in a press conference who wishes to verify whether Amin declared himself the King of Scotland.

Producers: Charles Steel, Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood
Year: 2007
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Writer: Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock

Weston, Gabriel. Direct Red: A Surgeon’s Story

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How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands? What is it like to cut into someone else’s body? What is it like to stand by, powerless, while someone dies because of the incompetence of your seniors? How do you tell a beautiful young man who seems perfectly fit that he has only a few days left to live?

Gabriel Weston worked as a surgeon in the big-city hospitals of the twenty-first century; a woman in a world dominated by Alpha males. Her world was one of disease, suffering and extraordinary pressure where a certain moral ambiguity and clinical detachment were necessary tools for survival. Startling and honest, her account combines a fierce sense of human dignity with compassion and insight, illuminating scenes of life and death the rest of us rarely glimpse.

Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2010
ISBN-10: 0099520699

Orwell, G. Animal Farm (a Fairy Story)

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. Orwell’s chilling ‘fairy story’ is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed by power and corruption.

Jonathan Lloyd HYMS: themes greed, envy, ambition, society, class, equality, democracy, power and corruption.

Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0141182709

Kaufman, Philip (dir). The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever.

Producer: Bertil Ohlsson, Paul Zaentz, Saul Zaentz
Year: 1988
Director: Philip Kaufman
Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman