❉ The BBC have confirmed that Adam Curtis’ new film, ‘HyperNormalisation’, will premiere on BBC iPlayer this October.
‘HyperNormalisation’ is the latest epic film from acclaimed filmmaker Adam Curtis, whose previous documentaries include ‘The Century of Self’, ‘The Power of Nightmares’, ‘The Trap’, ‘All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace’, and ‘Bitter Lake’.
‘HyperNormalisation’ builds on the success of ‘Bitter Lake’, Adam Curtis’ first iPlayer commission and ‘The Rack Pack’, which attracted over 1.2m requests on iPlayer before being broadcast on BBC Two.
A release from BBC Media Centre reveals:
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.
HyperNormalisation has been made specifically for BBC iPlayer. It tells an epic narrative spanning 40 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.
‘HyperNormalisation’ will premiere on BBC iPlayer, at 9pm on Sunday 16 October.
Curtis’ last film, Bitter Lake, can still be viewed on BBC iPlayer: Bitter Lake.