I'm often asked where do I get my ideas for my stories... well, okay not that often, if at all, but I do ask myself that question. For The Never Dawn it's pretty obvious that Orwell's 1984 plays a major part in the concept. But sometimes it's things I've read or watched years before that leave an impression that re-surface to influence my stories.
One I'd forgotten was Fritz Lang's Metropolis. I must have watched it when I was in my mid-teens and it blew my mind, as they say. Lang's 1927 film was decades ahead of its time in both cinematography and story-telling. And if it couldn't get any better, one of the scenes that gave me the idea for Noah's daily shift at the factory, has been set to the music of Pink Floyd (another one of my favorites!)
The scene below is accompanied by Welcome to the Machine', from Pink Floyd's album Wish You Were Here.
Watch and enjoy.
You can find more information about Metropolis on IMBD - it scores 8.3. If you get chance I urge you to see it.