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the headlines: a day of worldwide protests on climate change is reaching its climax in new york, with a rally addressed by greta thunberg. the swedish teenager says she hopes the protests will mark a social tipping point in persuading world leaders to take decisive action on climate change. demonstrations have taken place in cairo, e.g. ripped against the current government. —— cairo, egypt. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew has given an interview to us media. buckingham palace emphatically denies the duke of york had any sexual contact with her. those are the headlines on bbc world news.
a number of conservative party members have been suspended, for posting or endorsing islamophobic material on social media. the action was taken following a bbc investigation. there have been repeated calls for the conservatives to hold an independent inquiry into allegations of islamophobia within the party. here's our political correspondent, alex forsyth. just three months ago, during the race to be tory leader, this happened... shall we have an external investigation into islamophobia in the conservative party? they agree. they certainly seemed to agree, including the man who is now the party's leader, but there has not been much movement so far. when is your independent enquiry into islamophobia in your party starting? i think that's under way. we have had very summary action against people who were associated... who is leading it? we are trying to get to grips with this problem. the problem is another tranche of people who say they are
tory members and who have posted or endorsed islamophobic content on facebook or twitter. comments included... "islam is the religion of hate", "i don't want muslims in this country" and "muslims are savages". details were passed to the bbc by a twitter user who has been campaigning on this issue for more than a year. we verified more than 20 cases, ranging from individuals liking or sharing one or two comments or pictures to others regularly posting offensive material. we gave details to the conservative party, which said it immediately suspended anyone who was a member but did not say exactly when there might be a full, independent enquiry. a spokesman said the conservative party will never stand by when it comes to prejudice and discrimination of any kind, and that is why it is already establishing the terms of an investigation to make sure such instances are isolated and robust process are in place to stamp them out as and when they occur. but for some, that's not enough. sajjad karim was a member of the european parliament for 15
years and is still a conservative. he fears the party may row back on a specific enquiry into islamophobia. is there a need for it? yes, there is. i have been extremely lucky that i have not directly suffered the consequences of these attitudes, but what i have had, however, is direct experience of fellow parliamentarians, where they conducted islamophobic conversations directly about me, one of whom actually is a serving minister at this moment in time. he hasn't named the minister. the party said if there was an allegation it would investigate, but some want much firmer action on the wider issue — an enquiry, and soon. alex forsyth, bbc news. now on bbc news: talking movies.
hello and welcome to talking movies. i'm tom brooke. it is film festival season. i'm tom brooke. it is film festival season. we had venice and toronto, soon it will be london's turn. into av soon it will be london's turn. into a's programme will be looking at the festival films that have been making an impact, films that have been breaking new ground, films that might win oscars. all that and more in this special festival season addition of talking movies. film festival season really began at the end of august when the venice film festival got under way. in recent times, venice, the oldest film festival in the world, has become a bit ofan festival in the world, has become a bit of an oscars launchpad, and that has brought it considerable attention. emma jones is in venice attention. emma jones is in venice at talking movies. it is no joke.
there are those who think the best picture oscar was already given out at venice. amidst all the famous faces that this year's festival, on a carpet, his glamour is only rivalled by camp. joker starring joaquin phoenix is directed by todd phillips. one small thing... yeah? when you bring me out, can you introduce me asjoker? when you bring me out, can you introduce me as joker? phoenix's performance was one of the most talked about performances of the festival. it's cute a traditionally arthouse prize, venice's golden lion. it's so exciting the way the movie's been impressed by the venice film festival. this festival has i was been known for bold decisions, i think they did this does make that this year with a lot of these movies, we really took a bold swing. the venice film festival has become
the place to launch an oscar winner. from gravity to birdman to the shape of water. it can often launch it straight into awards contention. whilejoker continued its progress towards toronto, another film also appearing at both festivals picked up appearing at both festivals picked up venice's golden line for best screenplay. number seven cherry lane isa screenplay. number seven cherry lane is a two—hour hand drawn animation, pencil on rice paper, no less. inside by chinese paintings and written by chinese—born director. this is his first animation, and his first film for a decade. set in hong kongin first film for a decade. set in hong kong in 1967, voiced by local talents that include sylvia chang, ya hweh talents that include sylvia chang, yahweh and alex lamb, it is an intergenerational love triangle, set against protests and huge social changes in the then british governed
territory. the film has a very controversial opinion, but art is controversial. and it looks like an ordinary love movie, but this movie deals with sexuality, it deals with the human mind and all those very complicated things, it's a complicated things, it's a complicated movie. is very nostalgic for me, seeing hong kong the way it was with the aeroplane right on top of the rooftops. but, you know, for me, it's a very courageous film. you know, it ended with a lot of courage. the director never did any animation before, but he felt with the subject matter and what he wanted to express could only be done with animation. what really rocked audiences was scenes of protests and
riots of a population on the streets. it steams to uncannily echo recent pictures from hong kong. even though in 1967 the protesters were demanding chinese rule.|j though in 1967 the protesters were demanding chinese rule. i think this film is one of those weird times when life imitates art because it is another pivotal moment for hong kong. i think that is the power of art. when something that was made without the intention, but now has a different meaning, it makes you think of things differently. i think the whole world is trying to make sense of everything and they have a lot of questions. but for me, someone lot of questions. but for me, someone who didn't experience of the political arrest in the 605, it makes you think, you want to understand hi5tory. makes you think, you want to understand history. what did you wa nt to understand history. what did you want to say to hong kong with this movie? i would say to hong kong,
hong kong, i love you. you know? when i first moved to hong kong and smelled the freedom in the air, in the — on the street, the word freedom in hong kong. and then until 1967 there was this strong force from the north, the continue station does make continuation of the cultural revolution came to hong kong and there were big rides in hong kong. hong kong was upside down. but number seven cherry lane should mainly be taken as a story of two women's emotional liberation, and a work of exquisiteness dowager. —— two women's'. films to provoke did well. the granjury —— two women's'. films to provoke did well. the gran jury prize went to roman polanski's film, a look at anti—semitism in france do the dreyfus affair. polansky‘s inclusion in the venice lineup was a source of
theory to some. as was nate parker's american skin, in which he also act. the film earned an eight minute standing ovation despite mixed critical reviews. it may have rehabilitated his career, after his last film was derailed by historic rape allegations for which parker had been acquitted. the most talked about film went on to toronto unrewarded. the painted bird is 169 minutes, they can wait, in a made up language of slavik esperanto. it is about how a young jewish boy survives world war ii. it was made for arthouse awards, but it is so unrelentingly grim that pummelled critics, never mind audiences, found it hard to stay in their seats. the toronto international film festival
began while venice was still in progress. this year, toronto had some 2115 full—length edges in its lineup, films that included challenging artistic work, and pictures hoping for oscars glory. toronto pictures hoping for oscars glory. to ro nto ha d pictures hoping for oscars glory. toronto had its share of film based on true stories. one of the more celebrated was a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, starring tom hanks who plays beloved american children's pioneer fred rogers. please won't you be my neighbour? rogers wanted every child to feel loved. mr fred rogers is the first person i have played that is not undergoing the great prices of their business or their lives. mr rogers doesn't want anything except for people may be to understand themselves in the world a little bit better. so that is a different kind of gig. thankfully, this story isn't just anotherformer of gig. thankfully, this story isn't just another former graphic ——
formulaic biographical picture, starring the life of mr rogers and a sinner does make cynical journalist. during the film we see the journalist cosmic values transform over the time he spent with rogers. i spent a lot of time going oh, my god, it is tom hanks. then watching him transform into this embodiment of fred rogers, certainly not an impersonation, but really embodying him was something to behold. the film was directed by talented filmmaker mario heller, it is her first main studio avenger. she was going to fred rogers' wisdom. he wa nted going to fred rogers' wisdom. he wanted children to know that they we re wanted children to know that they were lovable and ok exactly how they we re were lovable and ok exactly how they were stopped —— main studio venture. that was incredibly radical, to tell a child you are loved for you, not for what you do, not for what you wear, not for anything else, that
you are loved just the way you are. that's everything. tom hanks was made to play this role, just about eve ryo ne made to play this role, just about everyone admired his performance, which will definitely get the attention of oscar voters. another toronto film based on a real story was just toronto film based on a real story wasjust mercy, toronto film based on a real story was just mercy, brian toronto film based on a real story wasjust mercy, brian stevenson, an activist played by michael bjordan. all my people say you're going to fight for me. it means a lot. he fought to save a man on death row in alabama, a man wrongly convicted of murder of a white woman. the case was based on false testimony. it was in many ways the result of racism. things were really, really bad. it's 2019 and somethings are still in the same place. not a lot has changed. being able to tell this story, use my platform to get the story out of the masses is really important. we cannot understand each other a bit
better and become closer to things we see on tv and film. making it a a little bit more personal and having some mercy. this film examines what ju5tice some mercy. this film examines what justice and mercy are in america right now. and it contains with our raci5t pa5t right now. and it contains with our raci5t past but also our raci5t present. just mercy went over well with toronto audiences but there we re with toronto audiences but there were complaints that the direction was pedestrian, lacking in flair. the central performances, those given by jamie fox the central performances, those given byjamie fox and michael b jordan as brian stevenson were seen as outstanding, a real triumph. you area tough as outstanding, a real triumph. you are a tough man, prepared to leave the house. one toronto film which had been greatly anticipated was j°j° had been greatly anticipated was jojo rabbit, a dark comedy set in world war ii. it is the story of a young german boy smitten with nazi ideology who has an imaginary friend who happens to be adolphe hitler. hague, jojo, my old friend, how are
you? hi, adolphe. he is a totally brainwashed, innocent child who ha5n't brainwashed, innocent child who hasn't had much parenting and i5 alone, 5cared in the world. hasn't had much parenting and i5 alone, scared in the world. what kind of relationship does he have with hitler? he's his conscious, he i5 with hitler? he's his conscious, he is his only friend, he is who he look5 is his only friend, he is who he looks up to. mother, played bass go thatjohansson looks up to. mother, played bass go that joha nsson does looks up to. mother, played bass go thatjohansson does not his mother, played by scarlett joha nsson thatjohansson does not his mother, played by scarlettjohansson has been found to be hiding a jewish girl in the house. scarlett johansson thinks it is done well to have this coming—of—age story told through a child's eyes. there is a way of innocence, and i think roman is such a lovable actor and his performance is so touching and innocent. it really made the atrocity feel that much more visceral. it's a very unique film and it's impossible to get people
any sort of line for the story because it just doesn't any sort of line for the story because itjust doesn't do it justice. but the film drew critics, some thought the cartoonish depiction of the nazis at a bit of a ——as a bit ofa gimmick the nazis at a bit of a ——as a bit of a gimmick dressing up what was a conventional story but audiences loved the film added one the festival's people's choice award, often a strong indicator of the oscars best picture winner. a strong dose of reality came through in the toronto film rocks. set in london, it is the story of a teenage girl called rocks and herfriends it is the story of a teenage girl called rocks and her friends and younger brother trying to survive after being abandoned by their mother. this is not presented as a story of a victim but a story of close relationships between gold. 100%, this is one of the main themes towards the story, friendship.
100%, this is one of the main themes towards the story, friendshipm 100%, this is one of the main themes towards the story, friendship. it is like as girls you have to stick together and always back each other through everything, yeah. the film ‘s cast with nonprofessional actors. it was made collaboratively through work shopping. the film director's previous work is about women. work shopping. the film director's previous work is about womenm work shopping. the film director's previous work is about women. it had 7596 previous work is about women. it had 75% female crew which is hugely unusual and they were young and there was many women of colour involved. we wanted the girls themselves in the field to look behind the camera and see women who they could imagine themselves being one day. they could imagine maybe one day. they could imagine maybe one day. they could imagine maybe one day they would be a writer, maybe they would be a producer, director, a member of the camera team, a member of the sound team, and that felt organic and it also created an environment that made them feel safe to do their best work. rock is bringing to the audiences people that don't get a
lot of ourtime, audiences people that don't get a lot of our time, young women of colour. a lot of people who feel like the screen haven't loved them back, i hope they feel loved and ta ke back, i hope they feel loved and take away the feeling of allegation and of being seen and being worthy. two rock is like a lot of young black girls i know, a lot of women of colour i know, a lot of women i know, who are stronger than they have to be and because of that, are not offered help and who don't ask for help in return and inside she is a well ofjoy, of hope, of love, of generosity but can appear tough on the outside. the performances in the film were strong. the actress may rocks was adept at moving between strength and vulnerability. she kept the picture anchored. rocks was one of the more refreshing films at toronto that told an emotional story without being bound to any kind of formula. toronto makes a big effort to define itself as an international
film festival with a wide reach. among the offerings this year was a film from nigeria. it is a satire with big ideas. it is called the lost her karate. the director came to toronto —— the lost okoroshi is about disillusionment with life. to toronto —— the lost okoroshi is about disillusionment with lifem would be moving back to the village, living off the land, farming, he has been haunted in his dream by a okoroshi masquerade. it presents --it okoroshi masquerade. it presents ——it represents a master 5pirit. okoroshi masquerade. it presents ——it represents a master spirit. i made a spirit about a man who can't turn back into human and starts a
5piritual turn back into human and starts a spiritual journey turn back into human and starts a 5piritualjourney a5 a okoroshi in the city of lagos. unlike a okoroshi one would see at a masquerade film in nigeria, in the film, raymond cannot take off the mask because he is irreversibly transformed into a spirit. he cannot communicate with the words or interact with the world as a normal human ward. he dances in the streets, receiving offerings and doling out divine punishment to wrongdoers and making acquaintances with a strange group of characters. my with a strange group of characters. my inspiration for making this film stems but from my childhood. there would be a masquerade festival. they would be a masquerade festival. they would come out and roam the streets, we would all be in bed and i would ob5e55 about what was going on. i got older and i realise, yo, ob5e55 about what was going on. i got olderand i realise, yo, it ob5e55 about what was going on. i got older and i realise, yo, it is ju5t got older and i realise, yo, it is just a guy dre55ed got older and i realise, yo, it is just a guy dressed up in a costume but amazed me was there was an
unspoken agreement that the moment thi5 unspoken agreement that the moment this guy what this costume, he has now been elevated to a spiritual being and that just blew my now been elevated to a spiritual being and thatju5t blew my mind. there is also that thing of it being anonymous. there is power in that. i don't care who you are, if you see a masquerade, it is intimidating. that i5 magical for me. masquerade, it is intimidating. that is magical for me. though there are many comedic elements, the lost okoroshi is a film with an unconventional structure and main character. something you might not see in some of the more popular comedy films made in the nigerian film industry. the actor who plays in the lost okoroshi relished the chance to work with him. in my acting career so far, i have done huge movie5. acting career so far, i have done huge movies. i have done 5mall movie5. when i got the call to come and look at the script, i ran to it. ye5, and look at the script, i ran to it. yes, it is an indie film but it has a unique voice and that is what is credible. big productions can mimic thi5 credible. big productions can mimic this but i think it is important
coming from a singular voice. there was a limited budget and that is perhaps evident in the limited style of production. however, it gives him freedom to explore complex subject matter is built up his dedication to realising his unique vision of his festivals like toronto a film to run on their projectors and gives him a shot at an international platform for his artistic voice. listen, i don't want him in my compound. the first feature film to land at toronto, green white green, i —— identified issues tween f —— ethnic groups that composed of the african nation. with the lost okoroshi, he wanders the streets of lagos
endlessly, begging the audience to ask whether african spirituality has ask whether african spirituality has a place in modern nigeria. with my work i don't give an5wer5, a place in modern nigeria. with my work i don't give answers, i ask que5tion5 work i don't give answers, i ask questions and again, i am asking the question, who are we, where are we going, what is going on? are we displaced culturally, a5 a people? i think 5elf—awarene55 i5 displaced culturally, a5 a people? i think 5elf—awarene55 is important but you can only be self—aware if you ask the tough questions about who you truly are and that is exactly what i am doing with this film. luckily for me, the lost okoroshi film. luckily for me, the lost o koroshi followed film. luckily for me, the lost okoroshi followed him to toronto. although the director claims not to have a nswers although the director claims not to have answers to the questions posed by his film, i made an offering to the ancestral spirit just by his film, i made an offering to the ancestral spiritjust in case. toronto is being followed by the new york film festival which kicks off here in manhattan next week. it will show a relatively small number of
films including one very big attraction, the 3.5 hour gangster drama the irishman by martin scorsese. it is the vegetable's opening night film. it stars robert de niro and al pacino. it features lots of expensive de— ageing technology to make the actors look younger at different points in the film. it is generating a must see cachet. well, it is martin scorsese so cachet. well, it is martin scorsese so it is obviously this huge thing looming there. a lot of question marks. you had him coming back to form ina marks. you had him coming back to form in a gangster movie but also he is working with netflix which is a new partner. you have some of the masters of acting and filmmaking involved in this. so i do not think that it involved in this. so i do not think thatitis involved in this. so i do not think that it is going to go awry. it is just a new territory for a lot of these people and from the trailer, i
wasn't sure how i felt about the digital d ageing i didn't think it let me immerse myself in it and see ifi let me immerse myself in it and see if i could lose myself in the effect. —— de—ageing. if i could lose myself in the effect. -- de-ageing. is this frank? ye5. effect. -- de-ageing. is this frank? yes. hello, frank. we hope you have enjoyed the show. please remember, you can always reach us online and find us on facebook. from me and the rest of the team here in new york, it is goodbye as we leave you from a clip from number seven cherry lane which was shown both in venice and toronto.
hello. friday brought a lot of sunshine to a lot of places across the british isles and i don't think we're going to see a radical change for many areas on saturday. simply because the overall pattern is pretty similar. high pressure in the continent, low pressure in the atlantic, therefore, we are still tapping into this run of south—easterly airs and quite strong winds at times, up from the mediterranean, through the near continent and into the heart of the british isles. that is dry air so we are not seeing an awful of cloud for most us just yet. the exceptions to that, the northern ireland ‘s and later in the day, the first signs
of the atlantic front trying to cloud things over in the south—west. an onshore breeze from the north sea will keep the eastern coast down at about 15, 16, 17 but come inland, 20 plus is widely available. through saturday night and on into sunday, the first signs of the change in that the high—pressure drifts further away and in comes the front from the atlantic. that will set the tone for sunday. before the persistent rain arrives, we will have some quite sharp showers and maybe the odd under storm gradually drifting up the spine of the british isles and then the front makes progress away from the western fringes ever further towards the north and east and to avoid that rain, something quite heavy will have to be that further north and east. still, the temperature in excess of 22— 23 degrees or so towards the east but fresh air is coming in from the atlantic and that sets the tone for the start of next week. monday, not too bad. the rain from sunday gradually eventually clearing away
from that far north—eastern corner of scotland and then a lull in proceedings and then late in the day, more signs of the next belt of wet and windy weather pushing in from the atlantic into the south—western quarter of the british isles. not cold by any means but the temperature is back on what we have seen at the weekend. and then as we move from monday into tuesday, that area of low pressure becomes pretty resident out towards the western side of the british isles and at times, through the next few days, it will be throwing these belts of cloud and wind and rain across many parts of the british isles. it's all going to be quite mobile so it won't rain persistently anywhere for the whole day but while that rain is around, you will notice it, this is not showers, thisis belts of rain moving in from the atlantic. and there is not a great deal of difference as we go from tuesday into wednesday. low pressure still out towards the west of the british isles, still with these weather fronts working their way in and at times, some really quite strong winds. quite a change on the way.
this is bbc news, i'm nuala mcgovern. our top stories: protesters around the world take to the streets in a global call for action against climate change. we are united behind the science, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse. after a whistleblower alleges improper conversations with a foreign leader, president trump insists his dealings are all above board. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew speaks out. buckingham palace emphatically denies he had any sexual contact with her. and inside the aramco oil refinery, the bbc sees for itself the damage caused by last weekend's missile and drone attacks.