Film Screening: George Orwell’s 1984 (Emerging Technology and the Fear of Big Brother Watching Us)


Film Running Time: 113 minutes Director: Michael Radford Note: Tech 2025 is not affiliated with the producers of this event, nor are we collecting ticket sales or handling money — you will need to purchase tickets directly thru the theatre.   On April 4, 2017, over 140 art house movie theatres across the country in 124 cities and in 41 states, plus four locations in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80’s movie 1984 starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month. This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. More info about National Event Day:   With the rise of Artificial Intelligence technologies and the concern mounting over who will define and govern AI ethics, the fear that big brother will be watching us through AI-powered connected devices in our homes, and the developers of AI expressing concerns about the possibility of AI turning on humanity, Orwell’s 1984 seems to be more relevant now than ever before. Join us as we participate in the National Event Day screening of this film classic that predicted many of the technological advances we have today and are developing for the near-future. If time permits, we’ll grab drinks afterwards and discuss the film!


  1. Who’s Afraid of 1984? Orwell’s nightmare vision of technology wedded to tyranny was fatally flawed. (MIT Review)
  2. Why Forgotten Details of George Orwell’s “1984” Are Now Coming to Light
  3. Big Brother from 1984 (Wikipedia)
  4. Technology’s Invasion, it’s Role in “1984” and the Haunting Similarities to our World
  5. Amazon Echo: How 2016 tech is bringing us closer to 1984




John Hurt as Winston Smith. His own personal sadness helped him in the 1984 film, “Nineteen Eighty Four”, said to be the most topical film of the decade.

Start Time

7:30 pm

April 4, 2017

Finish Time

9:30 pm

April 4, 2017


IFC Film Center, 323 Sixth Ave at West 3rd St, New York, New York 10014

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