Adam Curtis: Additional Content


I recently had the pleasure of introducing a new friend to the edifying and entertaining oeuvre of Adam Curtis. For her, and others: a list of links that contain audio interviews with Curtis that haven’t appeared here in previous posts.

Adam Curtis: Adam Buxton Podcast Ep.44
In the wake of Brexit and Donald Trump’s election the conversation often focused on a favourite theme of Mr Curtis: where the pursuit of individualism is leading us.
http://adam-buxton.co.uk/ad/2017/05/18/podcast-ep-44-adam-curtis/

Adam Curtis: The TV elite has lost the plot
The stupidity of crowds
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/20/adam_curtis_interview/

Adam Curtis: an audio special
On Facebook, The Big Lump Theory … and Popbitch Radio
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/23/beeb_week_adam_curtis_2/

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HyperNormalisation. Adam Curtis is back.

“We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion.” So begin the familiar tones of Adam Curtis….

Watch HyperNormalisation here in full.

We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – they have no idea what to do.

This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

It shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West – not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves – have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us we accept it as normal.

HyperNormalisation
HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis

The film has been made specially for iplayer – and is a giant narrative spanning forty years, with an extraordinary cast of characters. They include the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, the early performance artists in New York, President Putin, intelligent machines, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers – and the extraordinary untold story of the rise, fall, rise again, and finally the assassination of Colonel Gaddafi.

All these stories are woven together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created. Part of it was done by those in power – politicians, financiers and technological utopians. Rather than face up to the real complexities of the world, they retreated. And instead constructed a simpler version of the world in order to hang onto power

But it wasn’t just those in power. This strange world was built by all of us. We all went along with it because the simplicity was reassuring. And that included the left and the radicals who thought they were attacking the system. The film shows how they too retreated into this make-believe world – which is why their opposition today has no effect, and nothing ever changes.

But there is another world outside. And the film shows dramatically how it is beginning to pierce through into our simplified bubble. Forces that politicians tried to forget and bury forty years ago – that were then left to fester and mutate – but which are now turning on us with a vengeful fury.

source:
bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/entries…

Listen to the Adam Curtis interview from Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service

The award-winning documentarian Adam Curtis speaks to Jarvis Cocker to talk about his new BBC iPlayer film, ‘HyperNormalisation’. HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story of how we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion – where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – and have no idea what to do.

New Adam Curtis Film ‘Bitter Lake’ Trailer

Trailer for Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events.

But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

And journalism – that used to tell a grand, unfurling narrative – now also just relays disjointed and often wildly contradictory fragments of information.

Events come and go like waves of a fever. We – and the journalists – live in a state of continual delirium, constantly waiting for the next news event to loom out of the fog – and then disappear again, unexplained.

And the formats – in news and documentaries – have become so rigid and repetitive that the audiences never really look at them.

In the face of this people retreat from journalism and politics. They turn away into their own worlds, and the stories they and their friends tell each other.

I think this is wrong, sad, and bad for democracy – because it means the politicians become more and more unaccountable.

I have made a film that tries to respond to this in two ways.

It tells a big story about why the stories we are told today have stopped making sense.

But it is also an experiment in a new way of reporting the world. To do this I’ve used techniques that you wouldn’t normally associate with TV journalism. My aim is to make something more emotional and involving – so it reconnects and feels more real.

BBC iPlayer has given me the opportunity to do this – because it isn’t restrained by the rigid formats and schedules of network television. It’s a place you can go to experiment and try out new ideas.

It is also liberating – both because things can be any length, and also because it allows the audience to watch the films in different ways.

The film is called Bitter Lake. It is a bit of an epic – it’s two hours twenty minutes long.

Continue reading Adam Curtis’ post and watch the trailer here
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/TRAILER-TRASH

DOWNLOAD All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (& more)

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Richard Brautigan

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Exploring the world of cybernetics, Twitter and the origins of the notion of the ecosystem.

Adam Curtis’ new three hour (3x60mins) documentary series is to be called ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace‘, according to a small piece in the print edition of the Radio Times a couple of weeks ago. It might have said a little more, but unfortunately I forget to put it aside before it reached the recycle bin. The title was also confirmed by a tweet from Charlie Brooker which read simply…

1) It is called ‘All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace’.
2) Twitter shows up in it.
3) It’ll be on the TV quite soon.

Broadcast magazine adds…

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (3 x 60?) Bafta-winning film-maker Adam Curtis’s new documentary series in which he explores the world of cybernetics, Twitter and the origins of the notion of the ecosystem.

The title is believed to be inspired by a Richard Brautigan poem of the same name from a collection of thirty two poems published in 1967.

Speculative ideas about Curtis’ forthcoming work can be viewed at Words Dept.

In the meantime, Brooker linked up “3 short films Adam Curtis made for Screen / Newswipe”.

• ‘The Rise & Fall of the TV Journalist’, Screenwipe 2008: http://youtu.be/TSwlqSwwqvQ
• ‘Oh Dearism’, Newswipe 2009: http://youtu.be/8moePxHpvok (complete with disclaimer)
• ‘We Have All Become Richard Nixon’, Newswipe 2010: http://youtu.be/fxV3_bG1EHA

Adam Curtis Timeline & Downloads

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis : The Medium and the Message

1988: An Ocean Apart.
Episode One “Hats Off to Mr. Wilson”. Concerns the process by which the United States was involved in the First World War.

1992: Pandora’s Box
Examining the dangers of technocratic and political rationality. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Factual Series.
[ Download Pandora’s Box ]

1995: The Living Dead
Investigating the way that history and memory (both national and individual) have been used by politicians and others.
[ Download The Living Dead ]

1996: 25 Million Pounds
A study of Nick Leeson and the collapse of Barings Bank. Won the Best Science and Nature Documentary in the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival.

1997: The Way of the Flesh
Telling the story of Henrietta Lacks, the “woman who will never die”. It received the 1997 Golden Gate Award.
[ Download The Way of the Flesh ]

1999: The Mayfair Set
Looking at how buccaneer capitalists were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, all members of The Clermont club in the 1960s. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Factual Series or Strand in 2000.
[ Download The Mayfair Set ]

2002: The Century Of The Self
Documenting how the rise of Freud’s individualism led to Edward Bernays’ consumerism. It received the Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series and the Longman-History Today Award for Historical Film of the Year. It was released in the US through art house cinemas and was picked as the fourth best movie of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly.
[ Download The Century Of The Self ]

2004: The Power of Nightmares
Suggesting a parallel between the rise of Islamism in the Arab world and Neoconservatism in the United States in that both needed to inflate a myth of a dangerous enemy in order to draw people to support them.
[ Download The Power of Nightmares ]

2007: The Trap – What Happened to our Dream of Freedom
A series regarding the modern concept of freedom. (Working title, Cold Cold Heart.)
[ Download The Trap – What Happened to our Dream of Freedom ]

2008: The Rise & Fall of the TV Journalist
Curtis provided a tongue-in-cheek version of his own documentary style for a section about television news reporters in the third episode of the fourth series of the BBC Four programme Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe.

2009: Oh Dearism
Curtis provided another mini-documentary for Charlie Brooker and his new current affairs programme Newswipe, this time focusing on the rise of “Oh Dear”-ism.

2009: It Felt Like A Kiss
July 2 saw the release of a new mixed media documentary.
[ Download It Felt Like A Kiss ]

2010: We Have All Become Richard Nixon
Curtis provided a third mini-documentary on paranoia and moral panics for the fourth episode in the second series of Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe

2011: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: LINKS.
Exploring the world of cybernetics, Twitter and the origins of the notion of the ecosystem.

[ Download All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – Episode 1 ]
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[ Download All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – Episode 2 ]
(514.82 MB) thanks ukgirl077-

[ Download All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – Episode 3 ]
(502.64 MB) thanks ukgirl077-

2015: Bitter Lake
Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated. Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.
[ Watch Bitter Lake in full ]

2016: HyperNormalisation
How we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed and have no idea what to do
Coming soon…
Trailer. YouTube

Sources and reference:
Adam Curtis (Wikipedia)
Watch/Download Adam Curtis Films (archive.org)
Watch/Download Adam Curtis Films (thoughtmaybe)
Watch/Download Adam Curtis Films (YouTube)
Adam Curtis (facebook fan page)
Richard Brautigan (Wikipedia)
Richard Brautigan – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (brautigan.net)
Richard Brautigan – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Wikipedia)
Adam Curtis’ new series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – some speculations (Words Dept)
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Charlie Brooker)
Greenlit: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, BBC2 (TV Mole)
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