All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a three part BBC documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis, well known for other documentaries including The Trap and The Power of Nightmares. The first episode aired on Monday 23rd May 2011 at 9pm on BBC2.
The title is the same as a 1967 poem and collection of poems by Richard Brautigan.
It is about how computers have failed to liberate us and instead have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us”
The Mayfair Set is a series of programmes produced by Adam Curtis for the BBC, first broadcast in the summer of 1999. The programme looked at how buccaneer capitalists of hot money were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, all members of The Clermont club in the 1960s. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Factual Series or Strand in 2000.
Like many in the 1980′s, Nick Leeson wanted to be rich and successful, but Nick Leeson was also a very strange man, he had an extraordinary ability to manipulate and deceive those around him. This is his story. It is also a story about those he deceived. They willingly entered into a dream he wove, lured by the prospect of vast sums of money and together they lost 830 million pounds.
“It’s very easy for me to get along with people, but I don’t necessarily have to like you or any of the people that I work with to get along with them. So I come in and do my job, do it to the best of my ability, and then at the end of the day if you’re going to ask me out for a drink, I’m not going to go out for a drink with you because I don’t like you, but I’m not going to tell you that, there’s no reason for there to be any animosity during the day. I just didn’t like the people that I worked with and so I would go and do the work, be very very friendly, everybody would probably say that they thought they were my best friend and if they have the knowledge, then I will attempt to get the knowledge through whichever way is best, and if a friendship is that method, then friendship is the method that I would use.” –Nick Leeson
Follows the story of the cells of Henriettta Lacks. She dies in 1951 of cancer, before she died cells were removed from her body and cultivated in a laboratory in the hope that they could help find a cure for cancer. The cells (known as the HeLa line) have been growing ever since, and the scientists found that they were growing in ways they could not control.
To je drugi večji projekt Adama Curtisa za dokumentarni program BBCja. Tridelna serija raziskuje načine, na katere sta bila tako nacionalna kot individualna zgodovina in spomin zlorabljena v politične in druge namene.
»Pandora’s Box« je šestdelni BBCjev dokumentarni film, ki nosi podnaslov »Zgodbe iz dobe znanosti« in je leta 1992 nastal pod taktirko Adama Curtisa. V filmu na svoj prepoznaven način raziskuje vzroke in posledice političnega in tehnokratskega racionalizma v obdobju hladne vojne.
1. del – »The Engineer’s Plot« (Inženirjev načrt)
Prvi del prikaže, kako so boljševiki, ki so leta 1917 prišli na oblast v Sovjetski zvezi, želeli s pomočjo racionalnih znanstvenih metod deželo industrializirati, ljudi pa preoblikovati v znanstvena bitja.
2. del – »To The Brink of Eternity«
3. del – »The League of Gentlemen« (Liga džentlemenov)
Tretji del serije se ukvarja z upravljanjem povojne britanske ekonomije, še posebej z trudom, da bi zajezili povojni padec nacionalne ekonomije in posledično izgubo nacionalne zavesti. V sredini sedemdesetih je skupina ekonomistov uspela prepričati Margaret Thatcher in druge britanske politike, da poznajo recept kako Veliki Britaniji povrniti nekdanji sijaj. To je saga o tem, kako so ekonomski eksperimenti potisnili državo še globlje v krizo.
4. del – »Goodbye Mrs Ant« (»Nasvidenje gospa Mravlja«)
Epizoda se osredotoča na odnos do okolja, ki so ga gojili v času hladne vojne. Pokaže, kako sta se v tem času pod raznimi političnimi in ekonomskimi pritiski, preoblikovali entomologija in ekologija.
5. del – “Black Power«
6. del – »A is For Atom« (»A je za Atom«)
Zadnja epizoda ponuja vpogled v zgodovino nuklearne energije. V petdesetih so bili znanstveniki in politiki prepričani, da bodo lahko s pomočjo nuklearne energije ustvarili novi svet. A se je optimizem, vpričo jedrskih nesreč, hitro obrnil v svoje nasprotje.