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very adapted and survived? they were very agile and trying to react and continued to stay in business. are there adaptations they can again ta ke there adaptations they can again take on to make sure that they keep trading? i think there are adaptations that they were making that will come to the fore again, so many of these businesses, for the first time, over they take away solution, delivery, looked at click and collect for local residents and community. lots of pubs provided meals for wheels for those shielding, elderly customers for whom there are only social experience in the week is coming to the pub for a drink and a meal, they provided those meals on wheels services. others turned to groceries. my local pub provided yeast, flour, fresh fruit and vegetables, not only to help with the local community struggling to access those goods but also to keep their supply chains running. we have to remember there is a huge hinterland behind hospitality
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businesses, fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, food wholesalers, who will also struggle in these times and then people were providing takeaway beer and containers, so our members are providing takeaway beer and containers, so our members are very containers, so our members are very agile, containers, so our members are very agile, very innovative and dynamic but it is not a long—term solution toa but it is not a long—term solution to a huge loss of income. they have seen revenues to a huge loss of income. they have seen revenues dropped by more than 60, 70% over the course of this crisis. and they are facing a very uncertain future so this is not a replacement, this willjust get them by in the short term. just how important is uk hospitality to the uk's wider economy? it is critically important, it is the third is the uk. 3.2 million people used to work in hospitality. we have now lost many of those jobs, and we are trying to make sure we don't lose any more. but 3.2 million further half a million who work in the
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supply chain, so that is bigger than aerospace put together, twice the size of financial services in terms of employment. we did used to generate £130 billion of revenue each year. again, sadly that has been decimated, but critically of that £1 in every 83 went back to the exchequer in the form of taxes and we generated on insects newjobs and we generated on insects newjobs and we are generating a lot year on year after the crash. so crucially if we invest in hospitality businesses in the short—term crisis, when these restrictions left and we get through this they will be the engines of economic growth and help us to pay down our debt as we grow the economy. so the quickest way to get economic growth restarted in our high streets, town centres and communities is to back up hospitality businesses now. chief executive of uk hospitality, thank you very much for that. the labour leader, sir keir starmer, has been giving his reaction
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to today's announcement. imean, i mean, everybody is concerned about the rise in infections, the hospital admissions and tragically the number of deaths. that is why three weeks ago i called for a circuit break. the government completely rejected that. only now to announce the selfsame thing. and that delayed now will cost. the lockdown will be longer, it will be harder and there isa human longer, it will be harder and there is a human cost, which will be very, very real. now, there is no denying these measures are necessary and i am glad that the government has finally taken the decision that it should have taken weeks ago. finally taken the decision that it should have taken weeks agom sounds like you will, but this will go to parliament, will you back the government? will labour vote with the government? well, these measures are the government? well, these measures a re necessary the government? well, these measures are necessary and we have been calling for them. we will listen carefully to what the prime minister has to say, but these are the measures we call for three weeks ago. the scientific advisers said these were necessary back in september, so the government has
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delayed and dithered, just as in the first phase, where they were too slow, they have repeated the same mistake. sir keir starmer, speaking a short time ago. now on bbc news, talking movies will look ahead to the forthcoming 2021 academy awards race as it begins to unfold. with reports on the venice, toronto and new york film festivals. hello from new york! i'm tom brook and welcome to our special talking movies programme, when we look forward to award season. normally at this time of the year, i would of the year, award season is taking shape, but because of the pandemic everything has
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changed, with the oscars now shifting to april. but some potential awards contenders have emerged, especially at the venice film festival. from venice in talking movies, emma jones reports. to the astonishment and the acclamation of the film industry, the venice film festival took place in 2020. it even had behind the masks instantly recognisable faces. but this year, with only two american films in competition, it was undoubtedly a european event, and given its timing, that is unusual. this is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but coming to venice in september and its festival usually means the start of autumn awards season because this place has a habit of spotting oscar winners. but in 2020, by necessity it has been a very different kind of festival. venice shows us that
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award season, if it has a physicalform, will involve socially distanced carpets, masks and temperature checks. and british actress vanessa kirby's best actress prize for pieces of a woman makes her a serious contender to be part of it, having already made a name for herself as princess margaret in the crown and mission impossible franchise. i got us something. oh, my god! that is so cute! directed by hungarian, kornel mundruczo, the independence film, now bought by netflix, co—stars shia labeouf. it is about a woman, martha, who loses her baby. it features an unbroken 30 minute labour scene. when i read it i thought, oh, my god, we haven't... i haven't seen anything on screen like this before. i haven't seen an uninterrupted birth like that. the more women that i spoke to, all the research i did and the more i spent time with, all of them said, there is just not that much awareness around it, people don't talk about it. some talents had to zoom into the festival, including teenage
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environmental campaigner greta thunberg, who found her school clashed with the event. thank you, everyone. and now i need to get back to... school? yeah! i am greta, released in cinemas this month, is a film like michelle obama's becoming, seeking to discover the personality behind the icon. made by swedish film—maker, nathan grossman, who met her alone in one of her very first school strikes, he is prepared for controversy, given the many conspiracy theories about her that have sprung up as her fame has grown. i must actually say that in many ways i don't... i don't even understand and have read all the conspiracies, but of course i have always been interested to kind of see how she reacts to it and of course a lot of the idea of the film is to see how much i could kind of go behind the facade and, you know, she has done so many interviews and speeches and i wanted to see how does she react to the hatred?
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if social distancing demands gifted and unusual interviewing locations in the middle of a festival, the crisis has also presented critics with the most unusual award season for years. i do think awards season is going to be... maybe a less glamorous affair. certainly a cheaper affair. it has become a bit of a circus and maybe something on its merit will come through. good news has been in short supply for cinema in 2020. yet one story reverberated around venice. a survivor of the 2015 bataclan murders in paris had his first film, zanka contact, in the orizzonti side bar competition. with no sales agent, no publicist, moroccan film—maker ismael el iraki, managed to sell his film and win a prize. it is incredible to be in venice this year. there have been so many cancelled festivals, there has been
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so many demand for movies to be here, there has been whole parts of the selection that have been cancelled and so there is a lot of demand, there are very few slots and we are here! venice may have been a rare event this year, but it was also a moment of hope to hold onto. moving on from venice, there was the toronto and new york film festivals, which were both largely virtual affairs. although both did each have a bit of a physical presence here in new york. some of the films were shown at a drive—in like this one here. but i watched most of the festival movies at home on my laptop and there was one picture in particular that made a great impact on me. it is called nomadland and it stars frances mcdormand. nomadland, already a strong oscar contender, transfixed audiences at this drive—in showing new york festival movies.
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it is the story of fern, a nomadic woman with a cast that boasts of real—life nomads. directed by chinese film—maker, chloe zhao, it shows a rootlessness set against the backdrop of the american landscape. we wanted fern to be a guide. to be able to bring us into this vast, really rich world of nomadic living. what i have learned is you have to anchor the audience in one person's intimate experience, so they can feel, you know, comfortable, to be able to experience everything else and without getting lost. fern, played by frances mcdormand, is a woman who left her hometown of empire in nevada after economic collapse. there is a childlike quality that we were really interested in for fern, that she has had a very prescribed set of rules living in empire and once she hits the road the possibilities become open and her sense of self sufficiency is tested. frances mcdormand is being widely tipped for a best actress oscar
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tipped for a best actress oscar nomination for her work in nomadland. another possible best actress candidate emerged at the new york film festival. michelle pfeiffer, for her highly praised performance as francis in the satire, french exit, in which she portrays a new york socialite who flees to paris with her son. it is this sort of... know, odd world filled with these odd people who are sort of... in some ways, being likened to people marooned on an island who end up finding each other. french exit is directed by azazeljacobs, who is clearly smitten with his leading lady. for me, what michelle does is near impossible on the film. i have been watching it, i have been living with this film now for the past year, since i shot it, and watching it, as you do, backwards and forwards, frame by frame, and i still cannot get over
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what she brought to francis. the new york film festival, as have several other festivals, showed the indian film, the disciple, to great acclaim. it's a story set in the world of indian classical music. the central character is a young vocalist in mumbai who is trying to master the art form. the film is called, but i think the protagonist is not only a disciple of his teacher, but is also a disciple of his father, his musical heroes and then ultimately also of life, in a way, you know? the way he adapts to the real world and when life happens to him, in his mid life. could become india's official submission for the oscars for best international feature film. india, despite the richness of its movie industry, has never won a best foreign language film academy award. talking movies's reporter in delhi believes it would be a big deal if
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prevailed at the oscars. believes it would be a big deal if prevailed at the oscarslj believes it would be a big deal if prevailed at the oscars. i think that it would be a matter of great pride because it is a story that is quite, is very original. it hasn't been done by anybody else. it doesn't have any kind of a hollywood trademark to it, in all facets, in the way that it has been shot, in the way that it has been shot, in the way that it has been shot, in the way the performances have taken place, in the way the music is such an integral part of the story and that two indian classical music and i think it is really important to see it from an indian perspective, to see a story that is so specific to see a story that is so specific to india be accepted at the global stage and also be awarded for it. marsalis clay is the new heavyweight champion of the world! other pictures within oscar buzz include an actress's directorial debut, one night in miami, which revolves around for black icons, together in 1964. and the trial of the chicago seven, based on the real—life story
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of figures facing off against government prosecutors in 1969. one nomination that seems inevitable is a best actor nod for anthony hopkins, starring opposite olivia colman is a man succumbing to dementia in a father. it is being touted as his best performance ever, thatis touted as his best performance ever, that is certainly saying something. iam not that is certainly saying something. i am not leaving my flat! you would think with all the tumult in the world right now, the pandemic, economic meltdowns and here in the usa economic meltdowns and here in the us a very intense presidential election campaign, that audiences would be seeking out escapist movie entertainment. well, surprisingly, the real world, by way of documentaries, is very much in demand, as christian daily reports, several strong documentaries have a ward seat. some films that are focused on recent events seem to rank high in the list of possible contenders for the oscars 2020 won
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best documentary category. welcome to chechyna follows a network of activists who try to struggle to smuggle a group of lgbt cue people out of the country to avoid prosecution. it features scenes of people trying to escape the chechen government's widely reported campaign to silence their lgbt q community by means of abduction and silencing. a documentary shot in china called 76 days is also seen as a strong contender. it chronicles the first 76 days of lockdown in wuhan during the beginning of the corona pandemic. this whole discussion about covid—19 has been primarily focusing on geopolitics, numbers. with my film, we arejust geopolitics, numbers. with my film, we are just trying to bring viewers into the hospital to witness and to watch how the human experience has
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beenin watch how the human experience has been in this pandemic. documentaries racing to address current events have been popular, but so have films that deal with history. among them was possible oscar nominee crip camp. the film focuses on a summer camp in upstate new york catering specifically to disabled teens. crip camp shows how that experience had a positive impact on their lives and how the sense of community at the camp helped the american disability rights movement of the 1970s. we are no longer allowing the government to repress disabled individuals and i would appreciate it if he would not shake his head in agreement when he doesn't understand what we are talking about. a documentary that premiered at the largely virtual toronto international film premiered at the largely virtual toronto internationalfilm festival this year was mlk fbi and it
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unveiled the inner workings of fbi directorj ed edgar hoover's campaign against... the investigation against civil rights leader, doctor martin lutherjunior. it touches on several topical matters. some of the things that i expect to resonate with oscar voters will be the same themes that are in our headlines right now. themes that reflect on systemic racism and trying to find that. just start walking to me. that is fantastic. there are other document reset may be in the running for an oscar that focus on more personal topics. nick johnson is dead is a documentary about film—maker kerstin johnston's father, who was suffering from dementia. in order to deal better with his past and future, johnson made a film in which he enacts out his death in different ways. it is bittersweet and may seem irreverent
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at times, but the director thought it was important to face a way —— to find a way to face her father's condition. to acknowledge that some people have been through terrible things or are going through terrible things or are going through terrible things is meaningful in that of itself. i don't know what it is to experience dementia, i don't know what my father is going through, but i don't want to abandon him, i want to keep him at the centre of my thoughts and conversation. i don't wa nt to thoughts and conversation. i don't want to sideline him as a person who is ageing and who is less mentally lucid than he was. a pool of strong documentaries have definitely emerged this year, and so far nonfiction films have been making a powerful impact, with audiences and critics. when it comes to the oscars race, the pandemic has thrown everything into disarray. at this point, the ceremony is scheduled to take place on april 25. two months later than planned. the eligibility window has been extended to the end of
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february. these changes by the academy raise some questions, as our reporter reports. first cow in the territory. before the pandemic,. cinema is to close in the us, the first few months of 2020 saw a number of independent films released, including first cow and never rarely, sometimes always, were critically acclaimed and got more attention than small films normally receive. with so many studio movies pushed to 2021, this would have been a great opportunity for the oscars to honour a smallerfilm. but the academy's decision to extend the eligibility period seem to some like it was designed to keep lower profile titles out of contention. it was designed to keep lower profile titles out of contentionm does boo—hoo the academy to continue to promote films with its award is that a lot of people have seen. and there is a relationship there that works in both directions. the show
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tends to be more successful when they are on a film that more people have seen and the films tend to be more successful when they are honoured by the academy awards, and so you have this dovetailing interest between these two parties, who are essentially the same people. the people who make movies and they're celebrating themselves. of course, it hasn't worked. as the pandemic rages on, cinemas in the us may not all be open by the february deadline and studios could be largely shut out at the oscars. the biggest beneficiary may be netflix, which is releasing several major films this autumn, including the trial of the chicago seven and black bottom, featuring the final performance by bozeman. typically, streaming films are only eligible for the oscars if they are released in cinemas, but the academy made a change this year, allowing only films that were planning for some distributions is sin was to be eligible. the new will definitely allows for some negotiation and it
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represents something of a truce between the academy, which has long fought to preserve cinema going, and the streaming services, all of which covered the oscars to advertise their streaming platforms. covered the oscars to advertise their streaming platformslj covered the oscars to advertise their streaming platforms. i think they decided we can't fight this war for the theatrical experience if it doesn't exist. i think they are not conceding the larger battle, but it was a recognition that this year it is not going to fly. you need netflix, amazon, hulu because these are the only places people are going to be seeing movies. and if you are the academy and you have to get films people interested in, you've got to go any movies. these changes from the academy represent a more structural shift. if a streaming service wins big at an academy awards held in april, it will feel like a significant change in an institution that has always clung tightly to its traditions. hollywood has ever been slow to change, but
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this year it may not have a choice. like many institutions, the academy of motion picture arts and sciences has been accused of being too white, both in terms of its membership and its references. its new diversity initiative has been winning praise and attracting some criticism from those who believe infringes on artistic freedoms. our reporter has been exploring the debate. the new diversity initiative aims to increase inclusion for all underrepresented groups, a goal that april rain, the creator of this, the declares. for me, it is the inclusion not just of declares. for me, it is the inclusion notjust of race, it is for all traditionally underrepresented communities. the new initiative applies for films competing starting in october 2020. it is made up of four standards. the
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first is having representation on screen. the second is having diverse representation behind the screens. the third is having training programmes to cater for underrepresented groups. the fourth is for distribution and marketing teams. this is flexible and in order to qualify to be in the awards you can only have to have people into the categories. the backlash from this was swift. in a series of tweets, this person said... while others said that the new criteria would basically result in participation oscars, where anyone can geta participation oscars, where anyone can get a award solely because it is diverse. this really smacks of political correctness, but the problem with political correctness is once you open the door to it there is no limit to it, there's no
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way you can appease people enough. they keep saying, we want more of this, there weren't enough south asians in this movie, there weren't enough gay people in this movie. to say this makes just enough gay people in this movie. to say this makesjust no sense. when we see that, given the opportunity, we see that, given the opportunity, we shine. we think the standards, look at them, you will see it doesn't restrict creativity, it harnesses creativity. also, this will become not only the academy's plan, but becomes the industry's plan, but becomes the industry's plan on how to create more equity and inclusivity in our business once and inclusivity in our business once and for all. real inclusion in hollywood faces a few barriers, for example the academy is still largely white and male. reign thinks this restricts the kind of films that they can be considered is because we are limited by our perspective, especially because the academy of members don't have to watch the films they award, resulting in choices that are already familiar.
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films they award, resulting in choices that are already familiarlj call these new initiatives window dressing on a condemned house. the fa ct dressing on a condemned house. the fact that you can drive through the loopholes of this new initiative tells you that it is not enough. those who say we didn't go far enough, they are correct. we believe you have to walk before you run. and it is very hard for those on the outside to understand the magnitude of this change on the inside. this organisation, the academy, has been around for over 90 years. 90 years! the best picture award is almost like the symbol of what the academy represents and to make a step in the direction to say, we want this symbol to represent inclusivity, not exclusivity? that is a massive step ina exclusivity? that is a massive step in a direction that this organisation has never taken. so absolutely, the progress started with a step. not a sprint, a step.
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well, that brings this talking movies award season look ahead to a close. we hope we have given you some idea of the possible contenders in the forthcoming oscars race. please remember you can always reach us online at our website and you can find us on facebook and twitter. so from me, tom brook, the rest of the talking movies production team here in new york, it is goodbye, as we leave you with the official music video for the possible oscar contender, the trial of the chicago seven.
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# hear my words... # hear my words... # hello, some turbulent weather across the uk this weekend with some torrential rain and gales, strong winds really whipping up the waves across the coasts and four western areas we have seen an excess of 25 millimetres of rain injust areas we have seen an excess of 25 millimetres of rain in just over 24 hours, well over an inch of places. other places have been clearing, some spells of sunshine and some respite for a time because there is more rain in the forecast for sunday, coupled with further gales, met off his yellow weather warnings in place, all the details on our website. wet and windy, courtesy of this area of low pressure, storm aid in pulling away northwards as we head overnight, but waiting in the wings is another area of low pressure, pushing further wind and rain eastwards, initially into northern ireland and then into the rest of the uk, with more rain
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pushing into the west of scotland and northern england and wales and transferring eastwards as the night moves on. still gusty winds, not quite as strong as they have been in places, but they will start to strengthen again tomorrow, particularly in western scotland. a cold night, —— nota particularly in western scotland. a cold night, —— not a cold night, 6-8 c. cold night, —— not a cold night, 6—8 c. sunday, we have got this area of low pressure to deal with. notice on the southern flank how closely isobars are together, that will bring some strong winds across the west of scotland. still wet and windy day, but rain for northern ireland clearing and clear for most after the morning, a scattering of showers before more rain starts to pile in from the west, likely to be most persistent because northern parts of england, wales, northern ireland and again some gusty winds, particularly for western coasts and especially so request western scotland, where they will likely exceed 70 mph. temperature, 10—12 c
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across the northern half of the uk and up to 17 degrees further south. we keep that rain going tomorrow evening into the midlands and wales, likely to see some flooding here again we have those warnings in place on the met office. the weekend weather continues into monday for some, still a wet, blustery, if not very windy day and that slowly sta rts very windy day and that slowly starts to ease on tuesday, as do the winds. then high pressure takes charge, so as we had to wednesday and the latter half of the week looks drier, less windy, but colder, particularly overnight.
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