Synopsis: 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. And, where events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control - from Donald Trump to Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, and random bomb attacks. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. The film 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. From BBCiPlayer
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Adam Curtis
Production: BBC
  1 nomination.
166 min

"In trying to join them, I felt overwhelmed

"by yet another form of bureaucracy."

What she was describing was the rise

of a new, powerful individualism

that could not fit with the idea

of collective political action.

Instead, Patti Smith and many others

became a new kind of individual radical,

who watched the decaying

city with a cool detachment.

They didn't try and change it.

They just experienced it.

Look at that. Isn't that cool?

I love that, where, like, kids

write all over the walls.

That, to me, is neater than any art sometimes.

"Jose and Maria forever."

Oh, there's a lot of things, like,

when you pass by big movie houses,

maybe we'll find one, but they

have little movie screens,

where you can see clips of, like,

Z, or something like that.

People watch it over and over.

I've seen people, I've checked them out. All day!

I've gone back and forth and they're still there

watching the credits of a movie,

cos they don't have enough dough,

but it's some entertainment, you know?

Instead, radicals across America

turned to art and music

as a means of expressing

their criticism of society.

They believed that instead of

trying to change the world outside

the new radicalism should try and change

what was inside people's heads,

and the way to do this was

through self-expression,

not collective action.







But some of the Left saw that

something else was really going on -

that by detaching themselves and

retreating into an ironic coolness,

a whole generation were beginning to lose touch

with the reality of power.

Shut up.

Shut up!

One of them wrote of that time,

"It was the mood of the era

"and the revolution was deferred indefinitely.

"And while we were dozing, the money crept in."


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Adam Curtis

Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is a British documentary film-maker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is "power and how it works in society", and his works explore areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. His films have won four BAFTAs. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career. more…

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