Fahrenheit 451 updated for the digital age in screen adaptation

Fahrenheit 451's Michael Shannon (left) and Michael B. Jordan are tasked by the government to destroy outlawed written material and alter facts.
Fahrenheit 451's Michael Shannon (left) and Michael B. Jordan are tasked by the government to destroy outlawed written material and alter facts.PHOTO: HBO

Director Ramin Bahrani's film, Fahrenheit 451, adapts the 1953 dystopian classic by Ray Bradbury for the digital age

Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, his dystopian classic, in 1953.

But its vision of a world where history is rewritten by the authorities and books are ordered destroyed seems eerily prescient in an American political climate characterised by anti-intellectualism and "alternative facts".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'Firing up debate on censorship'. Print Edition | Subscribe