Lord of the Flies
is a 1963 film adaptation
of William Golding
's novel of the same name
. It was directed by Peter Brook
and produced by Lewis M. Allen
, known since for producing films based on modern-classic novels
. The film was in production for much of 1961 though the film was not released until 1963. Golding himself supported the film. When Kenneth Tynan
was a script editor for Ealing Studios
he commissioned a script of Lord of the Flies
from Nigel Kneale
, but Ealing Studios closed in 1959 before it could be produced.
A montage sets the stage of the story. A group of English schoolchildren, living in the midst of a war (implied to be the Cold War
), are due to be evacuated due to the danger of remaining in England. Their airliner is shot down by briefly glimpsed fighter planes, and ditches near a remote island. The main character Ralph (who later emerges as a reasonable and well-meaning personality) is then seen walking through a tropical forest, where he meets up with an intelligent and chubby boy, whose school nickname is Piggy. The two then go to the beach where they find a conch shell which Ralph blows to rally the other survivors. As they emerge from the jungle it becomes clear that only school pupils have escaped the crash. Singing is then heard and a small column of school choir boys, wearing their dark cloaks and hats, appear walking in twos. The choir is led by a boy named Jack.
The boys decide to appoint a chief. The vote goes to Ralph, and not Jack.... Read More