Adam Curtis

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BornKevin Adam Curtis
Dartford, Kent, England
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

Adam Curtis is a BBC journalist who has produced a number of documentaries. These are widely praised for their strong narration and are packed with interesting details. However, fellow filmmaker Scott Noble commented that “Curtis 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 September 11th in The Power of Nightmares.” [1]


Adam Curtis' documentaries are in the public domain and are available at Many have been adapted for inclusion in the radio program Unwelcome Guests.[2]

  • Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (2021) [3][4]
  • MK Ultra (2017)
  • Hypernormalisation (2016)
  • Living in an Unreal World (2016)
  • Bitter Lake (2015)
  • Oh Dearism II (2014)
  • 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
    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
    2. The Lonely Robot
    3. We Will Force You To Be Free
  • The Power of Nightmares (2004)
    1. Baby It's Cold Outside
    2. The Phantom Victory
    3. The Shadows in the Cave
  • The Century of Self (2002)
    1. Happiness Machines
    2. The Engineering of Consent
    3. There is a Policeman Inside All Our Head: He Must Be Destroyed
    4. Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering
  • 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)
  • The Living Dead (1995)
    1. On The Desperate Edge of Now
    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
    4. Goodbye Mrs. Ant
    5. Black Power
    6. A is For Atom
  • 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)


A Document by Adam Curtis

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
The Power of Nightmaresfilm2004"War on Terror"
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A some-holds-barred look at how fear has come to dominate politics in America, Britain and around the world — which observes that much of that fear is based on an illusion.
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