Charlie Kaufman’s Awakening BAFTA Speech Is Opening People’s Minds


Director Charlie Kaufman gives an impeccable speech that will make you think of everything you thought was concrete and allow you to reexamine it all with honesty, vulnerability and the ability to say “I don’t know”. He challenges our culture, our politics and our media about how marketing and sales has truly catapulted our society to just “buy a product” rather than become our true authentic selves even if the rest of the world doesn’t understand us. His films reflect these ideologies and in this profound speech Charlie Kaufman gives the blunt cold truth of a hole or wound that exists in almost all of us human beings which is the result of a world that has made brands our priests and therapists. He gives us a clearer glimpse and conscious awareness of the “weirdness of being a human” but he also encourages us “Don’t be tricked into thinking that the way things are, is the way things have to be.”

 “I’m a human being and I won’t be in competition for the right to be treated decently.” – Charlie Kaufman