Sheffield Doc/Fest Preview: Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin



In the male dominated world of science-fiction literature during the 1960s and 1970s, Ursula K. le Guin was an undoubted star. Considered by many to be one of the most important genre authors of all time, her books A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness are both considered to be classics. Her sad passing earlier this year left a gap, but her work lives on through generations of avid fans. Her imagination has inspired so many, including award-winning authors Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell.

In Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin, director Arwen Curry speaks to the author about her life, work and inspiration. Filmed over a period of ten years, we’re given a unique insight into what made her tick and where she got the inspiration and motivation to create such imaginative and vivid worlds. Curry also uses interviews with authors and family to add perspective, but it’s le Guin herself who candidly guides us through her own story.

Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin is a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of the greatest science-fiction authors who has ever lived. The subject herself is relaxed and open about her life and the film greatly benefits from the relaxed atmosphere only a long-term relationship can bring. On the same note, don’t expect anything out of the ordinary. However, whilst the narrative follows a familiar path, Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin is an entertaining portrait into a remarkable woman.

The World Premiere of Worlds of Ursula K. le Guin is at Sheffield Doc/Fest on 10 June, with an additional screening on 12 June.

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