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Adam Curtis argues TV needs 'new tools' to tell its stories

22 August 2012 5:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Traditional techniques are obsolete, leading documentary-maker will tell masterclass at television festival in Edinburgh

Television no longer has the dramatic techniques to explain today's world, according to leading documentary-maker Adam Curtis.

At a masterclass session at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television festival, Curtis will claim that the traditional techniques television uses, such as the identifying of good and bad guys and a linear narrative, are obsolete.

"The problem is that the big areas where power is being exercised – finance, managerial theory, computers – are not reducible to dramatic stories," he told the Guardian. "These worlds have made themselves 'unstorifyable' – they have become deliberately dull."

This dullness, he argues, masks the damage and influence that these sectors exert but it also make it impossible to create stories because events like the financial crisis cannot be reduced to a simple narrative.

"In the old days journalism was about fighting battles against bad people, »

- Sarfraz Manzoor

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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

27 April 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see. »

- Brad Brevet

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