Adam Curtis, who is one of the most interesting film-makers in/from the UK at the moment, produces these fascinating documentary/filmic essays where he trawls the archives and retells histories that lie just under our consciousness. His BBC blog is over here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/ and some of his films seem to be available via this blog (http://adamcurtisfilms.blogspot.co.uk/) and over here (http://thoughtmaybe.com/by/adam-curtis/).
‘It felt like a kiss’ and ‘The century of the self’ are both great. On his blog there was also this fascinating essay on the interface between ghost stories and the tv – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/the_ghosts_in_the_living_room
There is an amusing criticism (‘he’s all style over substance’) over here (http://youtu.be/x1bX3F7uTrg) which is witty (if a little light on content itself).