The Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin

The Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin
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Review

It’s fair to say that Ursula K Le Guin was a bit of a one-off. While plenty of sci-fi and fantasy authors could be described as ahead of their time, there are few to whom this applies as aptly as Le Guin, who was writing piercing, feminist and race-sensitive works as far back as the 1960s and 70s with works such as The Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, elevating her storytelling beyond the literary fringe where many believed it belonged.

In this new film, luminaries including Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon and David Mitchell (the author, not the comedian) pay tribute to Le Guin’s life and legacy, interweaved with unusual animation to really bring her story to (appropriately) fantastical life. 

Summary

An intimate insight into the real and imaginary worlds of Ursula K Le Guin, the author who helped to force the mainstream to embrace fantasy in literature. Produced with Le Guin's participation over the course of a decade, and featuring animation and reflections by other literary luminaries, the documentary is a journey of self-discovery through the writer's career.

Cast & Crew

Director Arwen Curry
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