Our picks + Antebellum & Century Of The Self
Monday 4 January 2021, by , ,
We are joined once again by Tom Barlow, chair of The Media Fund and host of the show News Club UK, to discuss the 2002 documentary series The Century of the Self. The Adam Curtis documentary analyses how Freudian theories are used for ideological control by consumer capitalism and governments. We talk about the implications of conceptualising freedom as autonomy and self-expression; and the conditions for building a democracy outside of emotional manipulation.
Tom will briefly discuss his pick of the week, BBC series Ladhood.
Antebellum is a 2020 American thriller film written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz in their feature directorial debuts. While beautifully shot, Antebellum fails in its attempt explore the sociopathy of the white slaveholding class—mainly because the story isn’t set in a slave society. The film can’t come to terms with slavery being the basis of capitalism and, as a result, relies on black pain to tell a meaningless story.
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