It Felt Like a Kiss - trail

Wednesday 17 June 2009, 15:00

Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

It Felt Like A Kiss is a show I am doing with Felix Barrett of the theatre company Punchdrunk. It's at the Manchester International Festival and is a co-production between the festival and the BBC. It starts on July 2nd. This is a short trail.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 2.

    I'd love to be able to view the content on this page but it appears to be geolocked. Is there really a territorial rights issue on this material or has it merely been set as 'default' by BBC new media. If, as reported in The Guardian, all of Curtis's future projects will be hosted here, is this not a little restrictive to those who enjoy his work from outside of the UK territory? What plans will be in place for allowing overseas subscribers to access this work?

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    Comment number 3.

    I'd like to second KOTJMF's comments. It gets really annoying to keep seeing "not available in your area/region/former colony" so many times.

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    Comment number 4.

    What do you mean "Not Available in my Area"? That's cruel and unusual punishment. Century of Self etc. have excellent shelf life on the interweb commons. BBC, tear down this firewall!

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    Comment number 5.

    It says over on Charlie Brookers Guardian page: "From now on, all of Curtis's work will be produced first and foremost for the internet."
    If the primary audience is the internet, geoblocking is going to make that difficult :)

    Also, could you please allow a direct download for trailers/videos as well? (preferably in a non-flash format)

    Looking forward to your new documentary!

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    Comment number 6.

    Copyright/DRM/Region control/ 20th century :)

    C'mon Aunty, you know you can do better than this. You're the best broadcaster on the planet so don't hide your goodies under your skirts.

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    Comment number 7.

    Geolocking. Very sad. I've very much enjoyed your work before, but it appears that I won't be able to view it any longer due to having emigrated.

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    Comment number 8.

    Just to let you know the reason for the geoblocking: it's because of copyright issues on some of the archive clips.
    Sorry about that - Adam would love to make the films available outside of the UK but, as with many of his past series, it's sometimes just not possible.
    We will always try and overcome copyright issues and whenever we can we will make the films freely available.

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    Comment number 9.

    Actually this may mean the eventual destruction of the piece. A famous film on Afro-Americans - Eyes on the Prize - may not be shown because over time problems with various pieces of copyrighted material developed. This was once a highly regarded documentary made for the edification of young afro-americans. They can not now watch the film. Film clips are basically undigestable because they must go back to thier owners. So they get ripped out of the art they are in and taken back. Its as if the colour red were owned by Sony. They can stay for a little while but you have to keep paying or they go away.

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    Comment number 10.

    I am not able to watch these videos because I am in the US. I think it is immportant for as many people to see this video as want to. Is there any alternative for me?

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    Comment number 11.

    does anyone know where Adam Curtis gets all the old archive footage from? is there much problems with copyright when showing?

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    Comment number 12.

    I can't believe all comments are complaints. Are you people alright?
    I am so happy there's a new documentary/interactive-art show from Adam! And it sounds like exactly what most of us need to see!
    I hope to read everything is written about it in the run to the opening, and I will definately try to see it live.
    What's more: I can't wait to get some more clues from Adam on what he thinks will come after this era of idividualism fully collapses. What would this new way of democracy be like?
    So much intrigue!How will I be able to wait?
    Well, I hope people learn to control a bit their frustration around copyright, and become a bit more grateful that we have somebody like Curtis digesting information and historical facts for us.


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    Comment number 13.

    What the monkeys is this?

    Arent political documentary makers and news-makers meant to lead the way. For instance when liberating Kabul, or revealing that an MP has used expenses to purchase 100 budgerigars - or at least presenting the breaking news that a modernist carbuncle is about to be erected somewhere in Prince Charles sight line, and, said builder is a cowboy?

    Instead you seem to want to historicise everything. You seem to challenge the idea that individuals are individuals who, if they are a success they make their own choices because theyre worth it. Its only by coincidence that these choices often come via a corporate machine to satisfy desires.

    I dont know, but I guess you have a desire to wake up the politically unconscious (that includes many politicians) and remind us that metanarratives are relevant to understanding and seeking truth. If one accepts this notion much of what is presented as news and current affairs is just a pastiche of what goes on in the world.

    This is not to say there is an Orwellian conspiracy going on, maybe there is, I dont know. But I do appreciate your efforts. There are others trying to do the same in small ways. Visit

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    Comment number 14.

    Are Adam's works available on DVD?

    Is he aware of the Peak Oil crises? I would have thought that this coming turning point for the world would make an excellent subject to research and produce anew work about.

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    Comment number 15.

    If you want people to become more emotionally involved and associated, try using 50Hz motion for the picture.

    The trouble is that programme makers currently have an unnatural and unreasonable fetish about using the film look, because it looks 'big budget' even though it introduces optical nasties into the picture. It creates unreality, dissassociation and distance.

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    Comment number 16.

    Solution 1:
    Of course there's no need to complain so much. I'm sure that there will be some UK citizen - not fond of copyright issues - who does have installed some within-UK produced open-source video-ripper and who will be very glad to use some UK-localized free video-editing software to shrink the resolution and then to send low-res versions of Mr. Curtis's clips and short movies to us, non-UK appreciators of Mr. Curtis's work - and, of course, to send them to us through his/her Yahoo mail with the UK extension. :)))
    Generally speaking, if there's no solidarity in the world, we are doomed, aren't we? :)

    Solution 2:
    IMHO, it would be more appropriate than Solution 1 to put transcripts of clips and short movies on the same pages with them, hm? I suppose no one can find it "slam dunk" to undertake legal steps on copyright basis against described visuals? :)

    Why Mr. Adam Curtis uses only BBC archive as a source? Because of the convenience, or the copyright matters, or the contract, or because of supposed high prices of potentially cooperating archives?

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    Comment number 17.

    Solution 3:

    Google the word 'proxy'. Have a little think to yourself. Reflect on how the internet works. Use your own initiative. Play with your browser's settings. This may solve many of your other problems too. A small glow of smugness might come over you - this is perfectly normal, and smugness is underrated. Oh, and you might be able to watch some videos or something like that.

    On a lighter note - I'm looking forward to the live action Adam Curtis show. Will there be a waxwork James Goldsmith to welcome us into his underground bunker? We very much need some sort of follow-up to 'The Mayfair Set' to catch up with the monetary maelstrom so ably predicted there.

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    Comment number 18.

    Hi Adam,

    I'd be interested in screening "The Trap" at Los Angeles Filmforum. We're a non-profit.
    This would be a theatrical, one-time-only screening. On my part, I have no qualms about rights issues. But I know that might differ for you.
    Please email me at

    Best regards,
    Adam Hyman
    Executive Director/Programmer
    Los Angeles Filmforum

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    Comment number 19.

    Hi, is there a way for me to find all the documentaries with spanish subtitles?

    I really think my friends back in Venezuela should see all of them but they don't understand english that well.

    Is there any way for me to reach this material? Also I'd like to buy DVDs or something because the videos I've got are really low quality.

    Thanks in advanced for your help,

    Juan González

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    Comment number 20.

    I can only say that last night's preview of It Felt Like a Kiss was amazing. I believe I used some unprintable language when I came out because I just couldn't express how I felt. I can't wait to talk about it with friends and might explode trying to keep it all secret until the production is finished. It would just spoil it for everyone otherwise.

    Do whatever you can to get a ticket, you don't want to miss it.
    I've said too much...


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