PODCAST EP.44 - ADAM CURTIS

Posted: 18th May 2017

Podcast episode 44 features a conversation with British journalist and documentary film maker Adam Curtis. We met on the 16th December 2016 in the meeting room of the London production company where my producer friend Seamus works. 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.

We also talked about how Adam uses music in his films and I sneaked a bit of death chat in there too. You’re welcome! A few related links below.

Thanks to Nicky Waltham and her editor friend Doug Bryson for helping me put this episode together along with my regular production support pal Seamus Murphy Mitchel.

JOURNALIST MARK COLVIN ON THE CONVERSATIONS PODCAST

The two part podcast I mentioned featuring a great talk between the late journalist Mark Colvin and presenter Richard Fidler is HERE. Mark's book 'Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy's Son' is HERE. This illustration is by Mark's niece ANNA HIGGIE.

ADAM CURTIS' BLOG - THE MEDIUM AND THE MESSAGE

Lots of interesting bits and pieces from Adam HERE

A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST OF MUSIC USED IN ADAM'S FILMS

Listen to a brilliant and varied selection of tracks used in Adam's films (compiled by Chin Tee) HERE.

A FEW OF ADAM'S FILMS ON YOUTUBE

NOTE! Some of these have been edited slightly. The upload of Bitter Lake for example appears to be missing the very scene I spoke to Adam about :a piece of footage of an Afghani man in a tent, grinning at the camera and dancing about as the closing section of Runaway by Kanye West plays on the soundtrack. Part of the Kanye section is there, but not the best bit! The grinning man in the tent!

Here's documentary maker Errol Morris referencing the very same scene. As I type you can still watch the full version of Bitter Lake (and probably other films by Adam) on the iplayer HERE. Grinning Man is about 1hr 19mins in.

THE MAVERICKS - DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY 

I'd never seen the video for this song before I looked for it to post here. Gosh.

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