The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be streamed on SBS on Demand from July 6, 2017. Allowing it to be streamed on demand, as opposed to being aired on TV, will allow viewers to binge on all 10 episode in their own time.
The Handmaid’s Tale, originally published in 1985, is set in a dystopian, not-so-distant future in which women have no rights and only serve one purpose – to breed.
Offred, our protagonist, is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead who is regularly raped so to become pregnant. Her hope is to escape the totalitarian regime that has seized power, and find her daughter who was taken from her when the fundamentalists took control.
The TV series features an all-star cast, including Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Top of the Lake), Joseph Fiennes (America n Horror Story: Asylum, Shakespeare in Love), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter), O-T Fagbenle (The Five), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), and Ann Dowd (Compliance, The Leftovers).
A second season has been confirmed.
Margaret Atwood is Canada’s most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Alias Grace, Cat’s Eye, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, and The Handmaid’s Tale, which won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General’s Award. It was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a major film.
She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson and their daughter.
The Handmaid's Tale
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs...
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