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have to quarantine for two weeks. it follows a sharp increase in spanish coronavirus infections — nearly 1,000 new cases in the last two days. the spanish foreign ministry says the country is safe, saying outbreaks are localised and isolated. hurricane hanna has struck coastal areas of southern texas. heavy rainfall and winds of 140 kilometres caused significant damage south of the city of corpus christi, which is already a hot spot for the coronavirus pandemic. and tributes have been paid to the veteran of american television regis philbin, who has died at the age of 88. according to the guinness book of world records, mr philbin spent more hours in front of the camera than any other television personality. those are your latest headlines. "the case for action on obesity has never been stronger" — that's the message from
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public health england, after a review has found that being overweight greatly increases your chances of being hospitalised, or dying, if you have covid—19. ministers are due to publish a new strategy for tackling obesity this week. simonjones has the story. the warning from health officials is clear — if you're overweight or obese and get coronavirus, you're more likely to end up in hospital, more likely to become critically ill. this graph illustrates the scale of the problem, based on a study of over 19,000 people who have tested positive for covid—19. it shows the bigger the bmi, or body mass index, the risk of intensive care increases. someone who is severely obese has over four times the risk compared to someone who is the normal weight. being overweight increases the chances of insulin resistance. it puts up your blood pressure. and all of these extra pressures and strains on the body are likely to be part of the reason why people,
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when they contract covid, if they're also overweight, have these extra chances of being really sick. although some of us have been using the extra time we have had on our hands during lockdown to do sport, evidence suggests overall exercise levels haven't increased. what has is the amount ofjunk food and alcohol we've been buying from high street shops. at this park in london, despite no shortage of keen exercisers, people admit the past few months have been challenging. i made quite a conscious effort to try and do more exercise. and obviously with a little one, we've been getting out to the parks pretty much every day. but i would say i have probably eaten more, as well. once the bars opened, we've been sort of overindulging, probably, back in bars and restaurants. it is trying to get that... i think it will settle down, and we'll get a balance. looking at the rate of obesity per 1,000 people in european countries, the uk, here in blue, is among the most obese with 26.2 people out of every 1,000 considered obese.
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the government is expected to unveil a long—awaited obesity strategy for england next week, which could see snack food promotions limited and a ban on tv adverts for junk food before the watershed. it's very important to get the balance right... public health england is saying the case for action has never been stronger. we need to change, if you like, the food culture, so that people are encouraged to eat healthily. in the past, the government has shied away from taking action. do you think it's going to be different this time? there is a need to respond to the pandemic, and the prime minister has spoken about his commitment to tackling obesity. so we're optimistic for the announcements which we've been told will be coming next week. the aim is to reduce the amount of sugar on our shelves and in ourdiets. simon jones, bbc news. now on bbc news, it's time for talking movies.
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hello from new york. i'm tom brook sitting on a bench in central park not far from my home. welcome to our talking movies sport special! had they not been postponed because of the pandemic, then right now, we would be in the midst of olympics games madness. over the years, many celebrated film—makers have documented the games. this time around, the distinction has fallen to an acclaimed japanese film—maker. from tokyo, carmen roberts sent us this report. today, tokyo station is very quiet. it should be heaving with commuters and tourists eagerly awaiting the upcoming olympic games. in the midst of a global pandemic, the events are on hold until next year. but not for everyone. i'm on my way to meetjapan‘s
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most awarded and celebrated female director, naomi kawase, who has been chosen as the official documentary maker for the tokyo 2020 olympic games. now, this interview took weeks of negotiations and planning and i'm quite excited, but also a little nervous. kawase lives in nara, around 500km away from the capital. the walls of kawase‘s office shows she's a highly acclaimed film—maker. she was the youngest director to receive the cannes d'0r award at the cannes film festival for her debut feature, —— she was the youngest director to receive the camera d'0r award at the cannes film festival for her debut feature, suzaku. she is known for emotionally intelligent films with often bleak and sorrowful themes. so how could a director famed for low—key intimacy turn her hand to chronicle
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a $25 billion sporting event? translation: the olympics 56 years ago wasn't as televised as it is now. and for the key moments, people will already be watching it on their tv. so for this documentary, i wanted to focus on the behind—the—scenes bits and how these athletes pursue their goals. it's notjust about how they go after the gold medal, but how the athletes respect each other and there is a lot of beauty in that as well. a beauty she is still trying to capture. despite the global pandemic, kawase has continued to film, albeit through different means and with new themes. after the official postponement on march 24th, i conducted an interview with the ioc president remotely. i also conducted an interview remotely with the kenyan athlete who is leading the refugee team. we are documenting things as they happen and you have to be flexible towards it. and because of this new connectivity and technology, the theme is connectivity of the world.
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she is one of only five women to direct an official 0lympic film. in general, there are a lot more male directors than female directors and i think the olympic committee liked my idea to show the inner emotions of the athletes and getting close to these athletes, which is one of my strong suits, and i hope that my directing of such a high—profile film will lead to more female directors in the future. but it's not always the female directors that have influenced kawase over the years. growing up, i wasn't a hardcore cinema fan. i was focused more on basketball during my younger days. but when i went to film school, the movies i encountered didn't use many words, but used deep emotions to depict emotional scenes. my favourite film—makers are the russian andrei tarkovsky and victor erice from spain. so, it's these small
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art house directors i was most influenced by. no female directors? in english: female? laughter. translation: as for female directors, i really respect jane campion, and i like directors who try to dig deep into their identity wherever they come from. i also want to make films that are aspirational for the younger generation of film—makers. drawing on her own identity and childhood experiences of being adopted, kawase's latest feature film, true mothers, tackles the sensitive subject of adoption in japan. the release date has been delayed until later in the year, but kawase says it's important to keep delivering art to the people. during the pandemic, i was approached by netflix to direct a five—minute short film, and it was a collaboration with 25 directors from different countries. but because of the pandemic, some couldn't get their actors together or camera crew together, so some were shot
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on their smartphones. but even in those short films, the characteristics of the directors were shown. we won't be able to make films under perfect conditions like in pre—corona, but we still will need to push on to shoot films. apart from wars, this‘ll be the first in history that the olympics was postponed and this time it's due to a worldwide pandemic. so shooting this as a documentary will be a momentous feat. it will go down in history, so i still think that this should be made. before i met kawase—sun, i did wonder if herfilm would ever see the light of day especially if the olympic games were to be cancelled next year. but now more than ever, i think this is an original and an emotional story that needs to be told, regardless of the outcome. tokyo 2020 would've been
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the first of olympic games since 2004 not to have featured the revered jamaican sprinter usain bolt. for those of you who want to revisit his glory years, there is an acclaimed 2016 documentary called i am bolt. in london, matt floyd tracked down the film's two directors to find out what you really need to do to make a compelling sports documentary. you're an olympic three—time running champion, it's a good feeling. two more to go, baby! yeah! i am bolt is the story of how the greatest sprinter of all time prepared for rio 2016, his final olympic games. bolt was aiming to become the first person to win the 100 and 200 metre gold at three consecutive 0lympics but as he approached his 30th birthday, time and injuries were against him. being undefeated in a championship is everything for me. the film was the brainchild of london—based production company fulwell 73 and two film—maker brothers gabe
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and ben turner. currently keeping busy during the pandemic filming a talk show for the bbc. they spent almost two years following the sporting icon, taking them from beijing to jamaica to rio. you're trying to find storylines in there and follow your nose as to where the story is progressing, when you don't really know — certainly with bolt— until he's have run that race, you didn't know. the difference between him and winning his ninth gold medal or him losing is quite a different film. i would say that if you're making a documentary, all you are trying to get is the stuff that they are not telling people because all of those sports stars have been media trained and they know how to talk to a camera and they know what to say and they will slip into the same mould, no matter who you are, unless you try and break that and say to them "i am not that person.
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i want to know something else, it doesn't matter what else it is, but i want something else." and then i think it's just about being there and being in the moment with them. it worries me at this point in my career now at a big stage that i still have issues motivating myself. during the film, bolt talks about his self—doubt and struggles with motivation. for the directors, it was important to show this superhuman athlete had very human issues to deal with. as a film—maker, we have to say "no, no. you might think you not look great there but actually, by keeping that in when we get to the end point of the film, people are going to be on your side more." trying to explain that to talent is quite hard. some people understand that, bolt understood that quite better. the turner brothers, like all film—makers, are now having to adapt their way of working because of the pandemic. so how will the process of making a sports documentary change in the post—covid world? in a way, shooting games could be easier because there's no—one else there so you can
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get the angle you really want, because you can move the camera presumably in the stadium in empty stands where you want. so i don't think it will stop it. i think it will be challenging but it will be keeping with that. it might mine the archives a bit more. so you will have more than single interviews and lots of archived footage where you're following a team or sports franchise for 18 months. interesting times ahead for the genre, and who knows? in the future, other film—makers may want to revisit the career of one of the most recognisable athletes in history. until then, thankfully, we have i am bolt. i'm just happy this chapter is closed. at the olympic games, one of the most anticipated events is gymnastics. at the 2012 and 2016 games, the us women's team won gold medals further strengthening america's reputation as a top competitor. but now, there's a documentary exploring disturbing aspects of the sport, involving sexual abuse. tristan daley reports. with spectacles of
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death—defying stunts and apparently heroic tumbling routines through career—ending injuries, american gymnasts are forever etched into the memories of spectators of around the world. as a former competitive gymnast, the world depicted in this film is very familiar to me. travelling to competitions and training camps and spending hour after hour in the gym perfecting techniques to reach the next level. but athlete a shows another side of this life, and alleges that a culture of abuse at usa women's gymnastics puts gold medals and winning above all else. even the protection of young girls. the documentary takes a look at a sinister problem in usa women's gymnastics, the organisation that trains and chooses which gymnast represent the united states in the summer olympic games. it became widely reported in 2017 that larry nassar, the doctor in charge of caring for these gymnasts, committed decades of abuse against a significant number of them.
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we wanted to establish that it went far beyond nassar. the film follows three main threads, survivors and speaking out about their sexual abuse, a small newspaper called the indy star working hard to break the story, and investigators and lawyers building a case against nassar and leadership at usa women's gymnastics — that allegedly tried to suppress knowledge of his crimes. what we tried to do is essentially kind of spend time with every person who was a key link in the chain that ultimately led to, you know, the unravelling of the system and the exposure of nassar and the system that allowed him to get away with it. maggie nichols was an olympic hopeful in 2016, her coach overheard her talking about this behaviour of nassar's and urged her to allow the coach to
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report that to usag and finally maggie agreed and they did so privately to usa gymnastics. as soon as that reporting happens, she was treated differently at events, the parents were treated differently. of course, simultaneous with that, maggie does not make the 2016 olympic team. now, we can't prove anything about why that happened, and we don't try and do so in the film, but the treatment of that family in the wake of her reporting nassar does make you raise an eyebrow about how this institution was treating their athletes. you are the president of usa gymnastics. if you receive a complaint of sexual misconduct, do you turn it over to local authorities? no. usa gymnastics has now acknowledged that a subculture did exist within its ranks that enabled the horrific abuse of athletes. but under new leadership, there was a shift in focus to prioritise athlete well—being, they have also implemented what they call a safe sport policy to clearly define and prevent abuse, as well as make reporting
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misconduct mandatory. jennifer sey, a former elite american gymnast and producer on athlete a, believes policy is important but real change in the sports will come from a grassroots level. i think this film is prompting a conversation that i've been hoping would happen for many years. i think parents are thinking about what can i do differently to make sure my child has a good experience in the sport? how do i make sure that sport does all the things it should do, build healthy minds and bodies, and that we don't lose sight of that? that's the whole reason our kids and your support. and i hope that kids and young athletes watch it and say, you know what, i have a voice. i can speak up when something doesn't look right. not just for myself but on behalf of somebody else. in india, one sport has a very close relationship to the movies is cricket in more ways than one.
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major bollywood figures like megastar shar rukh khan owns cricket teams and indian film—makers have an affinity for making movies in which cricket is a theme. bollywood and cricket bring indians together. bollywood is very, very popular. we love our films and we love cricket more than anything else. those are two things that sort of unites indians, no matter what religion they belong to, no matter what political affiliations they might have. cricket is the most popular sport in india and bollywood has played a role in glamorising it recent years. the indian premier league founded in 2008 has teams owned by bollywood figures who regularly attend matches. going back years, stars have had a key involvement lending their support to promotional videos for teams like the mumbai indians. music.
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bollywood stars tend to be a big draw, and so if they are doing something to promote cricket, or cricket in any case, that advertising really picks up. it generates a lot more interest if you have a bollywood star promoting it. and cricket, of course, has long been a theme in indian movies. the country has only had three films nominated in what was the oscars foreign language film category, and one of those released in 2001 had a cricket themed story. if they lose, which they will, they will have to pay the queen three times the tax. it centres during the british colonial period in the region where the british—controlled. they are imposting taxes on these farmers, they are not able to pay the additional tax
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and so when they go appeal to the british administrator, he makes a deal with them that he says, i'll play a crickets game with you. if you guys win, then i will forgive you. the team of 11 villagers coming from different caste backgrounds, different religion backgrounds and how they get together. no surprise, they do win against the british in the end. some of india's cricket—themed films petal inspirational stories, tales of underdog triumph in which playing cricket enables a life to be transformed. there's a film called iqbal that is a very inspiring film about a young muslim boy in a village who wants to become a cricket player. but he's deaf and dumb, so it's something that probably would never happen in real life, i don't know, it would be very very hard, and how he joins the cricket academy
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and there are all these politics and then he sort of trains privately and manages to eventuallyjoin and become part of the indian national team. now, it's, again, as i said, the chances of something like this happening, the plausibility is very slim. but it's done in such an honest, convincing way that that film, people loved. the audience liked it and critics liked it also. gully boy, india's submission to the oscars last year. now he's appearing in a forthcoming cricket movie called 83, the story of india's cricket world cup victory in 1983. it was due for release in april but it's been postponed until later this year. another film that if it's a hit, will prove that india's love affair with the movies and with cricket continues. 0nline streaming platforms have now started to invest heavily in sports programming. with very little live sports on offer during the pandemic, the prevalence of sport docuseries online have helped fans get their regular fix. matt floyd has been looking at their recent rise.
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i'm going to tell you to go out and win, at any cost. while the sports docuseries is not exactly a new phenomenon, the soaring popularity of online streaming platforms has led to an explosion of fresh content. suddenly most big sports teams and star athletes have been sought after by film—makers eager to tell their story. oh my goodness! i am cursed with this mentality of competitiveness. the last dance tells the story of michaeljordan and his chicago bulls team as they dominated the nba in the ‘90s. it was a huge hit for espn and netflix who co—produced the eight—part series. while beautifully made, it wasn't without some controversy with jordan's own production company also heavily involved, questions arose over whether the viewers were just getting one side of the story. kids in particular are aware that all the stuff they see
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is branded content, which essentially this is. but at the same time, there is a fascinating thing, it's still a work of art and you still see the unpleasant side ofjordan, unavoidably, because he is one of the hardest competitors imaginable. not a good day for michaeljordan. pippen is now demanding a trade... the issue of impartiality or lack of it is now one that crops up regularly with more teams and athletes trying to drive the narrative themselves by producing their own series. the big question is, does that mean you enjoy watching it any less? think of who you represent. amazon's the test is a similar case, it chronicles the australian cricket team's road to redemption after three of its players were banned for cheating in 2018. like the last dance, it was co—produced by the main subject
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of the series, in this case, australian cricket's governing body. strictly speaking, it's can't be described as independent as a consequence of the way that it was brought together. in saying that it's felt like owing to the fact that they had intersected access for so many hours and so many games and so many tours that it would've been difficult to whitewashed what was going on with the picture of australian cricket through that two—year period. football teams have also been at the forefront of the rise of docuseries. perennial italian champions juventas and premier league side manchester city are just two of the teams who have let the cameras into their changing rooms. you must learn to play football with courage. my first—born son, i decided to call niall after niall quinn. perhaps an even better watch is sunderland till i die. it follows the ups and mainly downs of a formerly great football team, and unlike some other series, it feels as though very little is left out in the edits. like any story though,
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they need to tell you some kind of truth about the people involved and about character that you can relate to your own life. so if you end up making a show that's just pr for a club, it's going to like that truth. it's not great to tap into something deeper that's going to make people really engage with what you're making. this football club is going to kill me. while sunderland till i die manages to maintain its journalistic integrity, and entertain at the same time, there are numerous docuseries that don't. however, these very same series are amongst the most popular out there right now. the moral of the story is if you have a gripping narrative and great access, sports fans will watch. well, that brings our talking movies sports special to a close. we hope you've enjoyed the show. remember, you can always reach us online. you can find us on facebook and twitter.
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so, from me tom brook and the rest of the talking movies production team, it's goodbye as we leave you with a clip from the 2016 film, race, and which the american sprinter jesse owens has a moment of triumph at the 1936 berlin olympic games. they will love you or they will hate you, it does not matter. either way, when you are out there, you are on your own. kid, you did it, you did it. 9.3 seconds. that's a record, kid. hello. after a saturday which brought us some torrential downpours, some thunderstorms, even a tornado, sunday is looking a little bit quieter by comparison. a lot more in the way
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of sunshine around for many of you. some will stay dry, but there'll still be a scattering of showers to hide from every now and again. and one or two showers have continued through the night into the first thing in the morning. a fresher feel, as well, but still temperatures in double figures. and with the sunshine on your back across england and wales, that won't feel too bad in particular. plenty of dry, bright weather here to begin with. a few isolated showers in the west in the morning, developing more widely into the afternoon. showery morning followed by a largely sunny afternoon for northern ireland, southern and eastern scotland. but more persistent rain will be arriving into the hebrides later on, and it's here where winds will strengthen to gale—force. elsewhere, though, more of a breeze around compared with what we saw through saturday. temperatures will have dropped, but don't forget — with a bit more sunshine and strong july sunshine on your back at that, it shouldn't feel too bad, around 17—23 degrees. coolest of all, though, in the north—west of scotland, where the strong winds, heavy rain will continue into the first part of the night. after a dry start to the night elsewhere, though, cloud and rain will develop in england and wales to take us into the monday will develop in england and wales to take us into the monday morning rush—hour. temperatures climbing again.
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could be down to single figures, though, to start the day across parts of scotland and northern ireland. so, a cool start to the week here. but here's the chart that shows what's happening through sunday night into monday. outbreaks of rain comes from this weather system. now, a little bit of uncertainty how close that'll get to northern ireland and southern scotland. it does look like we'll see some wet weather for a time, but that should ease for northern ireland later. heaviest of the rain, most persistent of the rain in northern and western parts of england, as well as across wales. the rain fairly showery towards the south—east, and it's across the south and east where we see the strongest of the winds, touching gale—force for one or two. temperatures, well down again on we'll see on sunday. and given the fact there'll be cloud and rain for many, too, it is going to feel distinctly cool. and a cooler feel as we go into the middle part of the week. that weather system clears out during monday night. tuesday allows a north—westerly flow to develop, coming all the way from
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the north atlantic. bringing a few showers across northern and western areas. varying amounts of cloud, driest and brightest further south and east you are, but when you're out of the sunshine, a noticeable chill. temperatures for many sitting in the teens throughout. that cooler feel continues into wednesday, too. we could see rain return to scotland and northern ireland through thursday and friday. but further south and east, could we see the return of some summer warmth with temperatures approaching 30 degrees.
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good morning. welcome to breakfast with ben thompson and sima kotecha. 0ur headlines today: anyone arriving in the uk from spain now has to self—isolate for two weeks after quarantine rules changed overnight. it follows a sharp rise in spanish coronavirus infections: travel plans for thousands of britons have been thrown into chaos. we could go on holiday, we cannot come back and then stay in the house for two weeks. that just come back and then stay in the house for two weeks. thatjust wouldn't be possible. for some holidaymakers, relief at landing home late last night before the restrictions kicked in.
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