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three australian sisters have told of their disbelief after a piece of their family's wartime history was uncovered on a mountain in northern britain. the fact he showed his mum and his mum has put it on facebook... as you can see, we are emotional, but we are very, very excited. today, max had the chance to chat with one of ernie's grateful daughters. max, how on earth did you find that tag? i was just looking around — i was looking for adders. you have made our family so happy. oh, thank you. we are just beside ourselves with excitement and tears and, you know, we are so proud of you. he loved... cos he was a geologist, loved spending time — a lot like you, i think — exploring the environment around him. that is why we think
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he would be so proud of you. sadly, ernie died at the age ofjust 43 in a car crash near alice springs. but thanks to a cumbrian schoolboy, his family now have another memory of him to treasure. it does feel quite good, to give them an end. just something for them to remember him by, yeah. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. hello. we'll have a few of these scattered across the country today — shower clouds — but most of the time sunshine, i think, for many of us. temperatures will hover around the low 20s in the south of the country and the high teens in the north. all in all, a pretty decent day. and a fine sunset on the way, as well, with plenty of clear weather. and then the clouds once again
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thicken across western parts of the uk and by the end of the night, heavy rain will sweep into some areas. in fact, it could be a really wet start to the day across northern ireland, the northwest of england and also northern wales. but the northeast of scotland there, i think a clear night and a dry start to the day. so tomorrow, an unsettled day across most of the uk. the winds will freshen across the south, as well. they could be up to gale force along some of these channel coasts and the southwest, too. but later in the day, the heaviest of the rain will clear out into the north sea and we'll end up getting some sunshine towards the evening. that's it from me — bye.
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hello, you are watching bbc news. the headlines. anyone arriving in the uk from spain now has to quarantine for two weeks because of a spike in cases. the short notice change came into force at midnight. in the united states hurricane hanna has made landfall in southern texas. officials warn of a life—threatening storm surge, strong winds, heavy rain. the government is due to set out its strategy and tackling obesity, including a 12 week plan for losing weight, and gps prescribing cycling. and spectators will be allowed back to watch live sport later today at a special event at the oval cricket ground in london.
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those are the latest headlines. now it is time for talking movies. 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
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pandemic, the events are on hold until next year. but not for everyone. i'm on my way to meetjapan‘s 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 camera d'or 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
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turn her hand to chronicle 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 ioc president thomas bach 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
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to be flexible towards it. and because of this new connectivity and technology, the theme is connectivity of the world. she is one of only five women to direct an official olympic 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.
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my favourite film—makers are the russian andrei tarkovsky and victor erice from spain. so, it's these small 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.
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but because of the pandemic, some couldn't get their actors together or camera crew together, so some were shot 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 will 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.
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tokyo 2020 would've been 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 olympics but as he approached his 30th birthday, time and injuries were against him. being undefeated in
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a championship is everything for me. the film was the brainchild of london—based production company fulwell 73 and two film—maker brothers gabe 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
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"i am not that person. 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 don't 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 much 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
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could be easier because there's no—one else there so you can 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 we 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 part of — 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
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of the sport, involving sexual abuse. tristan daley reports. with spectacles of 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 put 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
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in 2017 that larry nassar, the doctor in charge of caring for these gymnasts, committed decades of abuse against a significant number of them. we wanted to establish that it went far beyond nassar. the film follows three main threads, survivors 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 larry 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 report that to usag and finally maggie agreed and they did so privately to usa gymnastics.
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as soon as that reporting happened, 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 sport 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 enter 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. we have the power now. in india, one sport with a very close relationship
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to the movies is cricket, in more ways than one. 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 unite 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
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like the mumbai indians. music. 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, lagaan, 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's set during the british colonial period in the region where the british—controlled. they are imposing taxes on these farmers, they are not
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able to pay the additional tax and so when they go appeal to the british administrator, he makes a deal with them that he says, i'll play a cricket 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. music. some of india's cricket—themed films pedal 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 and there are all these politics and then he sort of trains privately and manages to eventuallyjoin and become
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part of the indian national team. now, it's, again, as i said, the chances of something like this happening, the plausibility is slim. but it's done in such an honest, convincing way that that film, people loved. the audience loved it and critics loved it also. gully boy, india's submission to the oscars last year. now singh is 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. online streaming platforms have now started to invest heavily in sports programming. with very little live sport on offer during the pandemic, the prevalence of sport docuseries online have helped fans get their regular fix.
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matt floyd has been looking at their recent rise. 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
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that all the stuff they see 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
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subject of the series, in this case, australian cricket's governing body. strictly speaking, it 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 have 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
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is left out in the edits. like any story though, 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 lack 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.
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you can find us on facebook and twitter. 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, does not matter. either way, when you are out there, you are on your own. gun fires. kid, you did it, you did it. i was slow off the mark... 9.3 seconds. that's a record, kid!
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hello. yesterday, the rain was torrential across some parts of the country — even a tornado near northampton. today a lot, lot better — just a few scattered showers. on the whole, a pretty good day on the way. now here's the latest satellite picture. and you can see yesterday's rain clouds moving away towards the east. and we're in this gap between weather systems through today, so a lot more sunshine on the way. so far today, there have been showers across western parts of the uk. most of them have been actually across scotland. through the morning, they'll become more scattered, so fewer of us will catch the showers and there'll be more dry weather around. now, the temperatures today will reach around 20 to 23 degrees across the south of the uk, and more like 1a to 17 in the north of the country. now we're in for a fine end to the day — probably a beautiful sunset out there — but then towards the night we'll see clouds increasing across western parts of the uk and we're expecting the next area of rain to move in. in fact, it could be pretty wet
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by the end of the night across parts of wales, the north west of england, into northern ireland as well. really soggy there in belfast. this is the next low pressure that will be moving over us through the course of monday. it'll take time before it clears away. so monday, for many of us, will not feel like july at all — in fact, the rain will be quite heavy, broadly speaking, across the sort of central section of the uk. to the south of that, we've got strong winds along some of the coasts. it could be gusting up to around 40, maybe even 50 miles an hour in some isolated locations. 21 degrees — so below parfor the time of the year in the southeast. in the north, around 15. but the end of the day actually shouldn't be too bad at all on monday, for example, in belfast, glasgow or even cardiff. tuesday, we're expecting this smaller area of high pressure to move over us. that means that the weather will calm down. there'll be sunshine around. but look at this. the winds are coming in out of the northwest — that's quite a cool source, so the temperatures aren't going to be spectacular. we're talking around 13 in stornoway — barely 13 there —
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16 in belfast and, again, below average across the south of the country. but talking about the temperatures, they are expected to rise significantly. at this stage we could be hitting the high 20s or even 30 degrees celsius by the time we get to friday. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. british holiday—makers returning from spain will have to quarantine for 1h days from today because of a spike in cases there. the short notice change came into force at midnight in the uk. now that we found out the information, some of the people in the hotel are travelling back this morning so it hasn't left very long for us to make the same arrangements for us to make the same arrangements for when we get home. airlines, tourists and opposition politicians have criticised the way the new rules we re brought in but the foreign secretary says the government couldn't have given more warning. we must be able to gauge the data in real—time, which we did, the data on friday, and then decisive


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