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Adam Curtis
Adam Curtis
Born 1955
Occupation Film Maker
Known for The BBC's most interesting documentaries

How did this guy get to work for the BBC, and how does he keep his job? Together with John Pilger, he has been called a 'token leftie'[1] so the BBC has a counter example to the claim that they only ever produce corporate friendly junk? One clue is provided by fellow film-maker, Scott Noble:

Quotes-66.gifCurtis is an extremely talented filmmaker with an immense repository of archival footage at his disposal (some of which I utilized in Psywar), and he puts out a great product. But I also find that he tends to exaggerate the importance of particular individuals, groups and fanciful ideas in lieu of basic class analysis; he also appears to self-censor, often at critical junctures. I don’t recall seeing the slightest hint of skepticism about the official story of Sep 11th in The Power of Nightmares.Quotes-99.gif

— Scott Noble

He has made some amazing documentaries, and they are public domain on archive.org, many of which have been adapted on the show:

  • Bitter Lake (2015)
  • Everything is Going According to Plan (2013)
  • Every Day Is Like Sunday (2011)
  • All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace (2011)
    1. Love and Power
    2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts 555
    3. The Monkey In The Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
  • It Felt Like A Kiss (2009)
  • The Rise and Fall of The TV Journalist (2007)
  • The Trap (2007)
    1. Fuck you, Buddy 370
    2. The Lonely Robot 371
    3. We Will Force You To Be Free 372
  • The Power of Nightmares (2004)
    1. Baby It's Cold Outside 235
    2. The Phantom Victory 236
    3. The Shadows in the Cave 237
  • The Century of Self (2002)
    1. Happiness Machines 315
    2. The Engineering of Consent 316
    3. There is a Policeman Inside All Our Head: He Must Be Destroyed 317
    4. Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering 318
  • The Mayfair Set (1999)
    1. Who Pays Wins
    2. Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.
    3. Destroy the Technostructure
    4. Twilight of the Dogs
  • Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh (1997)
  • 25 Million Pounds (1996) 601
  • The Living Dead (1995)
    1. On The Desperate Edge of Now 504
    2. You Have Used Me as a Fish Long Enough
    3. The Attic
  • Pandora's Box (1992)
    1. The Engineer's Plot
    2. To The Brink of Eternity
    3. The League of Gentlemen 629
    4. Goodbye Mrs. Ant 524
    5. Black Power 526
    6. A is For Atom 548
  • Inside Story: The Road To Terror (1989)
  • 40 Minutes: The Kingdom of Fun (1989)
  • An Ocean Apart - Episode One "Hats Off to Mr. Wilson" (1988)
  • 40 Minutes: Bombay Hotel (1987)
  • The Cost Of Treachery (1984)
  • Italians: Mayor of Montemilone (1984)
  • The Great British Housing Disaster (1984)
  • The Tuesday Documentary: Trumpets and Typewriters (1983)
  • Just Another Day: Walton on the Naze (1983)

See Also


  1. http://holdupnow.com/an-interview-with-michael-chanan/