William Golding’s tale of public schoolboys stranded on a desert island is an iconic depiction of man’s fundamental savagery. More than fifty years on, Peter Brookss 1963 Lord of the Flies remains the definitive on-screen version, a faithful adaptation whose hallucinogenic brutality remains as terrifying as ever.

The film opens with schoolboy Ralph (James Aubrey), moving through the forest of an island he and his classmates have apparently crash-landed on. Ralph soon meets another boy, whom he (un)affectionately nicknames Piggy (Hugh Edwards). The two soon discover that all the adults died in the crash; it’s up to them and the other boys on the island to work together to survive until they’re rescued.
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