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Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is... See more »


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Narrator (voice)
Himself - Businessman (archiveFootage)
Himself - Russia Leader (archiveFootage)
Victor Gotbaum ...
Himself - NYC Workers League (archiveFootage)
Herself - Singer (archiveFootage)
Himself - US Secretary of State (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of Syria (archiveFootage)
Thomas Schelling ...
Himself - Economist (archiveFootage)
Soraya El-Hayan ...
Herself - Syria Social Affairs Minister (archiveFootage)
Leslie Gelb ...
Himself - US Department of Defense (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of the United States (archiveFootage)
Herself - Ronald Reagan's Wife (archiveFootage)
Ayatollah Khomeini ...
Himself - Ayatollah of Iran (archiveFootage) (as Ruhollah Khomeyni)
George Pucciarelli ...
Himself - US Navy Commander, Chaplain (archiveFootage)
Himself - Psychologist (archiveFootage)
Himself - Electronic Frontier Foundation (archiveFootage)
Phiber Optik ...
Himself - Computer Hacker (archiveFootage)
Himself - Ruler of Lybia (archiveFootage) (as Muammar Gadaffi)
Antonio Badini ...
Himself - Italy Head of Anti-Terrorism (archiveFootage)
David Long ...
Himself - US Department of State (archiveFootage)
Robert Kupperman ...
Himself - Consultant to US Government (archiveFootage)
Robert Oakley ...
Himself - Director of the State Department Office of Combating Terrorism (archiveFootage)
Ronald Clark ...
Himself - UFO Witness (archiveFootage) (voice)
Richard Doty ...
Himself - USAF Office of Special Investigations (archiveFootage)
Robert Parry ...
Himself - Associated Press and Newsweek Reporter (archiveFootage)
Himself - URSS Leader (archiveFootage)
Himself - Romania Leader (archiveFootage)
Elena Ceausescu ...
Herself - Nicolae Ceausescu's Wife (archiveFootage)
Herself - Aerobics Trainer (archiveFootage)
Jim Goodwin ...
Himself - Clinical Psychologist, Wenatchee (archiveFootage) (as Dr. Jim Goodwin)
Martha Emmerton ...
Herself - Wenatchee Resident (archiveFootage)
Joseph Weizenbaum ...
Himself - Creator of the ELIZA Computer Program (archiveFootage)
Herself - Donald Trump's Wife (archiveFootage)
Himself - Sir, British MP (archiveFootage)
Yusuf Al-Qardhawy ...
Himself - Egypt Sheik, Islamic Sunni Leader (archiveFootage)
Himself - Prime Minister of Israel (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of the US (archiveFootage)
Himself - Prime Minister of the UK (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of Syria (archiveFootage)
Himself - Muammar Gaddafi's Son (archiveFootage)
Judea Pearl ...
Himself - Artificial Intelligence Expert (archiveFootage)
Miranda Duncan ...
Herself - Web User (archiveFootage)
Daniel Pearl ...
Himself - Wall Street Journal Reporter (archiveFootage)
Vladislav Surkov ...
Himself - Consultant to Vladimir Putin (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of the US (archiveFootage)
Himself - Prime Minister of the UK (archiveFootage)
Mustafa Setmariam Nasar ...
Himself - Jihad Strategist (archiveFootage) (as Abu Musab al-Suri)
Himself - UK Independence Party Leader (archiveFootage)
Himself - President of the US (archiveFootage)
Herself - US Secretary of State (archiveFootage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Abene ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Phiber Optik)
Himself (archiveFootage)
Elias Ladopoulos ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Acid Phreak)
Teddy Taylor ...
Himself - Conservative MP (archiveFootage) (as Sir Teddy Taylor)

Directed by

Adam Curtis

Written by

Adam Curtis ... (written by)

Produced by

Adam Curtis ... producer
Sandra Gorel ... producer
Victoria Jaye ... executive producer
Tomiko Newson ... assistant producer

Film Editing by

Adam Curtis

Editorial Department

Nuala Sheridan ... colorist
George Winfield ... on-line editor (as George Wynfield)
Mark Wybourn ... on-line editor

Production Management

Cara Goold ... production manager

Sound Department

Nick Fry ... dubbing mixer
Dave Zarpak ... sound recordist

Music Department

Gavin Miller ... music supervisor

Other crew

Stuart Robertson ... researcher
Katie Spedding ... production coordinator
Kumail Tayyebkhan ... technical consultant
John Lundberg ... story editor (uncredited)


Robert Del Naja ... thanks
Miranda Duncan ... thanks
Tessa Hunkin ... thanks
Elaine Ronson ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story of how we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion - where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed - and have no idea what to do. And, where events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control - from Donald Trump to Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, and random bomb attacks. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. The film shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West - not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves - have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us, we accept it as normal. From BBCiPlayer

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Taglines They know we know they lie See more »
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Also Known As
  • Гипернормализация (Russia)
  • 166 min
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Trivia The term "hypernormalisation" is taken from Alexei Yurchak's 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed. See more »
Movie Connections Features Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). See more »
Soundtracks The Vanishing American family See more »
Quotes Narrator: This was a new world that the old systems of power found it very difficult to deal with. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the security agencies secretly collected data from millions of people online. One program was called optic nerve. It took stills from the webcam conversations of millions of people across the world, trying to spot terrorist planning another attack. The program did not discover a single terrorist, but it did discover something else.
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