William Golding’s tale of schoolboys stranded on a Pacific island who regress into increasingly savage behaviour began life in Salisbury.
Golding taught at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, and it was while observing pupils that the idea for the novel took form.
A unique screening of the film will take place in the school’s historical Chapel on 15 June, beginning with a conversation between Judy Carver, Golding’s daughter and John Cox, retired head of English at Bishops, discussing the famous story and the link it has with Salisbury.
Following the screening, Salisbury International Arts Festival’s Film Programmer Patrick Bliss, will be hosting a rare gathering of cast members both in person and remotely. Where are the boys now? How has being in the film impacted their lives? Have they been to an island since? Who will have the conch…?