About Lord of the Flies

Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash-lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps, their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion. In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. [91 min; drama, thriller; English]

"Brook's adaptation is an encroaching nightmare of innocence lost, following Golding's thesis about what happens when civilization breaks down and man's true nature is revealed." – Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"For all that time has changed the way it fits into the world, Lord of the Flies remains as important today as it was in 1963." – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

"A rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material." – The Criterion Collection

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