Tuesday, 23 June 2009


Well this sucks.

I just found out about the Adam Curtis - Punchdrunk Theatre Company collaboration, part of the Manchester International Festival, and it's completely sold out. The interactive theatre production features Curtis' new documentary, 'It Felt Like A Kiss', across five floors of a derelict building in Spinningfields.

In theory this is the sort of thing I would normally shy away from, but Adam Curtis' involvement has me more than intrigued. Curtis is a documentary filmmaker whose work questions the way we look at the world we live in - and not in some faux-religious conspiracy theory type way - but by examining the motivations and actions of powerful individuals and how their decisions have shaped our values and politics today. I first came across his work through his excellent series about an unscrupulous and sinister group of capitalists in 1960s London named 'The Mayfair Set' (streamable here).

'It Felt Like A Kiss' focuses on how the American ideals of the 1950s and 60s became instilled in our psyche and the unforeseen consequences this has had on the world and in our minds. Basically it's a film about how the American Dream has come back to haunt us, but cut to music from the golden age of pop.

Alas, unless you already have a ticket, you'll have to wait untill it appears in the cinema or on the BBC. You can find out more about the event here, but it's the trailer below which has really whet my appetite...

>>>Update: 27/07/09 - 'It Felt Like A Kiss' is now streamable for a limited period at Adam Curtis' BBC blog.


Words: SS

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