In a post-apocalyptic London where law and order has collapsed, thirty-something singleton D (Julie Christie) watches the deterioration of civilisation from her flat. Vagrant hordes now roam the streets where rubbish is piled high, electricity supplies are on the blink, and water is collected from a van.
D spends her time examining her relations with authority, with the marauding gangs of brutalised children who roam the streets, and with Emily, the traumatised, orphaned teenager who is delivered into her care.
One day, D becomes aware of alternative room on the other side of the walls of her flat. At first, the rooms are empty, with peeling walls. But, as D sees them from time to time, they are being redecorated, in Victorian style…
This complex, haunting sci-fi, screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1981, is a fairly faithful film version of Doris Lessing’s famed 1974 dystopian novel and comes from director David Gladwell, who is best known as the editor of Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968).
THE UK DVD RELEASE
Memoirs of a Survivor is presented as part of Network Dustributing’s The British Film collection in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with mono sound. Region 2/PAL encoded. An image gallery and original trailer are also included.