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Old July 26th, 2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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BBC - The Camera That Changed The World

For those of you who can access the BBC iPlayer I recommend watching this facinating 1 hour programme while its available.

BBC iPlayer - Camera That Changed the World

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"The summer of 1960 was a critical moment in the history of film, when the fly-on-the-wall documentary was born. The Camera that Changed the World tells the story of the filmmakers and ingenious engineers who led this revolution by building the first hand-held cameras that followed real life as it happened. By amazing co-incidence, there were two separate groups of them - one on each side of the Atlantic.

In the US, the pioneers used their new camera to make Primary, a compelling portrait of American politics. They followed a then little known John F Kennedy as he began his long campaign for the presidency. Meanwhile, in France, another new camera was inspiring an influential experiment in documentary filmmaking. Chronique d'un Ete captures the real lives of ordinary Parisians across the summer of 1960. Both these extraordinary films smashed existing conventions as handheld cameras followed the action across public spheres into intimate and previously hidden worlds. In The Camera that Changed the World this remarkable story is told by the pioneers themselves, some of whom, such as DA Pennebaker and Al Maysles are now filmmaking legends. Back in 1960, they were determined young revolutionaries."
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Old July 26th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Yes, well worth watching. The films still have an edgy quality that beats the pretence of the wobbly cam "reality" television.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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The player reports "Not available in your area"
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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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Same here, Im guessing USA is blacked out.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #5
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For sale/ distributon right reasons, the player is not available outside the UK and Northern Ireland, can't be specific about Ireland itself.

Hopefully a network in your area will buy it eventually and put it on as a "special".

Can't see it happening here, mores the pity, if it ain't a brain dead reality show, forget it!


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Old July 27th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #6
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It's part of a season of docs that BBC4 is doing on the documentary film.

I'd e-mail or write to BBC America and apply some pressure on them to screen it.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:12 AM   #7
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You could try using a proxy to spoof iPlayer into thinking it's in the UK. I use a similar facility that let's me watch content that is only for distribution in the USA. Google it, you should find something that works.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 07:17 AM   #8
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Expat Shield has been suggested by one overseas Brit.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #9
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I read that the iPlayer is going to be made available worldwide pretty soon.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 10:15 AM   #10
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You could try using a proxy to spoof iPlayer into thinking it's in the UK. I use a similar facility that let's me watch content that is only for distribution in the USA. Google it, you should find something that works.
I tried 2 proxies before I gave up, it had issues with loading the video both times. If you happen to find one that would be appreciated, but I gave up already after two...
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Old July 27th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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Re iPlayer going worldwide, you're right: BBC iPlayer global launch to begin in western Europe | Media | guardian.co.uk . No date or pricing set for US yet though.

Re proxies, yeah I wouldn't waste time with the free ones. Here's one that's aimed for people outside the UK wanting to look like they are in the UK: UK Proxy Server
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