We’re proud to spotlight Adam Curtis to kick off our new series: Courageous Profiles. We’ll be focusing on some of the people (artists, investigators and muckrakers) who dare to show us how to greater understand our world. Along with each profile in the series, we’ll separately review each of their important works in our “Interesting” section.
If there has been one man in the current era to try and shine a light on the who, what and why of modern life it’s Kevin Adam Curtis. Best known as simply Adam Curtis, Adam is a unique journalist and filmmaker who works with and in the archives of the BBC. His voice is important one, and his chosen subject matter has been focused on trying to make sense of the chaos going on around us. He does this with an amazing ability to review and digest untold hours of video footage to produce illuminating and revelatory documentaries.
Born on May 26, 1955 in Dartford, Kent, England, he studied at Oxford, graduating with a degree in human sciences. He pushed on the get a PhD, but dropped out after becoming disillusioned with academia.
He soon began working for the British Broadcasting Corporation in film and he career was off an running. You can listen to an interview with him here and we’ll be showcasing some of his films over the coming months.
1983 Just Another Day: Selfridges
1983 Just Another Day: The Seaside
1983 Trumpets and Typewriters: A History of War Reporting
1984 Inquiry: The Great British Housing Disaster
1984 Italians: The Mayor of Montemilone
1984 The Cost of Treachery
1987 40 Minutes: Bombay Hotel
1988 An Ocean Apart
1989 40 Minutes: The Kingdom of Fun
1989 Inside Story: The Road to Terror
1992 Pandora’s Box
1995 The Living Dead
1996 Inside Story Special: £830,000,000 – Nick Leeson and the Fall of the House of Barings
1997 Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh
1999 The Mayfair Set
2002 The Century of the Self
2004 The Power of Nightmares]
2007 The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom
2007 The Rise and Fall of the TV Journalist
2009 Oh Dearism
2009 It Felt Like a Kiss[
2010 Paranoia and Moral Panics
2011 All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
2011 Every Day is Like Sunday
2013 Everything is Going According to Plan (Massive Attack v Adam Curtis)
2014 Oh Dearism II
2015 Bitter Lake
2016 Living in an Unreal World