Richard Curtis: My films and TV shows look like 'historical documents'

Richard Curtis said his films and TV shows are starting to look like “historical documents” and admitted that his children feel that some of his jokes are no longer appropriate or “old-fashioned”.

Filmmaker Love Actually and Notting Hill, who co-wrote sitcoms Blackadder and Mr Bean, reflected on how society’s views have evolved since it was developed.

Curtis added that he was interested in how the next generation who grew up “passionate” about social issues could “change things for the better”.

On the Desperately Seeking Wisdom With Craig Oliver podcast about his children’s thoughts on his films and TV shows, Curtis said, “They are starting to look like historical documents.

“Scarlett, my most active daughter, pursues her activism very differently than I do, and if someone ever attacks me, she defends me as someone who did what he thought was right at the time.”

The screenwriter added that society is at “a very exciting time” when it comes to social issues such as race, gender, diversity and representation.

He added, “All of my conversations with my kids now dislike 20% of my jokes because they think they are old fashioned and wrong in some way.

“So I’m really interested in how a generation that grew up passionate, angry, and pedantic about these issues can change things for the better.”

In addition to producing a number of classic romcoms and sitcoms, Curtis co-founded the Comic Relief charity in 1985 with comedian Sir Lenny Henry.

He admits that he is often fixated on his job and having a hard time letting go of a project, but his role as a father suffers from his busy schedule.

He recalled, “I think all of my children think I’m working too hard. I was horrified when they gave me, it must have been either my 60th or 50th birthday, a comic that they wrote that I’m not a very good father, and then they went down a magic slide and arrived in a village in Botswana and understood why I was in a bad mood and worked so hard.

“So I’m not sure if I did my job very well.”

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