HyperNormalisation: Watch the incredibly bleak trailer for Adam Curtis’ documentary about our hopeless world situation

'We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie. They know we know they lie. They don’t care.'

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The BBC has released a trailer for revered filmmaker Adam Curtis’ new documentary HyperNormalisation, which will explore our increasingly false perception and presentation of the world around us.

“Welcome to the post-truth world” the trailer greets us ominously, before showing a real spectrum of horror: drone strikes, Donald Trump looking down at a metropolis from a helicopter, mass synchronised dances, Middle East protests and the YouTube sneezing panda.

HyperNormalisation premieres on 16 October at 9pm through BBC iPlayer.

Here’s the official blurb from the BBC:

'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.'