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at least 20 young people have been found dead in a nightclub in the port city of east london in south africa. the cause of death is not yet known. there were no injuries on the bodies and it's thought there may have been a gas leak. shingai nyoka reports. the nightclub where so many young people died. police remain at the scene of the incident in which the cause of these deaths remain far from clear. officers responded to distress calls at enyobeni tavern in the early hours of this morning. most of the victims were teenagers. at this stage, the parents have been told they have to visit the morgue to identify their children. the problem was police were trying to secure the crime scene, or preserve evidence, so they had to restrict access. of course, there were so many people there and so many people that didn't know if their children were in the nightclub at the time, so it became a bit of a... um... situation to... to stop them from entering the space. south africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, expressed his condolences to the families and called for a thorough investigation.
the police have ruled out a stampede as the cause. there are suggestions that the revellers could have inhaled or ingested a toxic substance. shingai nyoka, bbc news. it is the eve of wimbledon 2022. the tournament begins tomorrow, featuring us open winner emma raducanu, former wimbledon champion sir andy murray and novak djokovic, all on centre court on the opening aftrnoon. our sports news correspondent laura scott reports. it's been a while, but wimbledon�*s back in full force, and so is the queue. awaiting them is an all—star cast. serena williams hasn't played singles since this agonising exit last year. but hasn't given up on another trophy at a0. opening centre court in its 100th year is defending champion novak djokovic. but rafael nadal is eyeing his third slam of the year after three years away. i enjoy it, unforgettable moments here, so i don't know how many
wimbledons remain for me, no? so if i have the chance to be here this year, i want to enjoy that opportunity. for some, the championships will be as much about who isn't here. russian and belarusian players are banned over the war in ukraine, meaning no world number one, daniil medvedev, and no ranking points. it's still the right decision to make for the championships. we hugely regret the impact it has on the individual players involved but it remains the right decision for us, this year. despite many time—honoured traditions, some things have changed. this is the first time players have been allowed to practise here on centre court before the championships get under way, including rafael nadal behind me. the idea is this will help bed in the courts and prevent slippages in the early rounds. there are winners... cheering. game, set and match, murray. ..and wild cards among the brits. and last year's overnight sensation, emma raducanu. but the us open champion is tempering expectations
after a recent injury. in a way it might help because there is absolutely no pressure on me. like, i haven't had the ideal preparation, so of myself i can't really expect too much and i can just go out there and have a good swing. some have claimed the lack of ranking points means this championships will feel like an exhibition event. but others say it could never be, given the perennial prestige of this place. laura scott, bbc news, wimbledon. in cricket, it's the fourth day of the third and final test in england's series with new zealand. earlier, tom blundell top—scored with 88 not out as new zealand were bowled out for 326. jack leach took five wickets in the innings and ten in the match. england need 296 to win and wrap up a 3—0 series victory. a moment ago they were 93—2. the glastonbury festival is drawing to a close this evening
after three days of performances, including sir paul mccartney on the pyramid stage last night. the final acts include kendrick lamar and diana ross, as our culture editor katie razzall reports. # hey, jude, don't make it bad... 36 songs, an incredible two hours and 50 minutes, with an almost five minute sing—along to heyjude. # na, na, na, na—na, na—na.... a night in which glastonbury history was made. mr bruce springsteen! cheering. sir paul mccartney, the oldest ever solo headliner, joined onstage by another old—timer. # how could i dance with another... dave grohl. # everybody had a hard year # everybody had a good time... and movingly, on screen,
byjohn lennon. that is so special for me, here i am singing withjohn again. we're back together. so emotional and overwhelming. obviously his presence and the history he brings and how generously he brought all the band members back together, like, both past and present. there are 100 performance stages at this festival. soon the other stage, which saw a packed—out olivia rodrigo set, will host the years & years singer and star of the tv drama it's a sin, olly alexander. obviously, we've played here a few times, but to be back here now, 2022, it feels so special. i'm just, i'm excited. i'm so excited. diana ross! yeah, tell me about diana ross. woo! i'm just very, very excited. she's a legend. i mean, so many hits. obviously, i'm coming out, like, that's just going to be amazing. # i'm coming out, i want the world to know... diana ross, a legend
in the glastonbury teatime legends slot, opened her show with that anthem. later tonight, the festival closes with kendrick lamar. katie razzall, bbc news. the set has just finished and she didn't rock it, i have to say. she was a hit machine, notjust ain't no mountain, i'm coming out, baby love and i will survive. she may have hit the odd note but she rocked it and the odd note but she rocked it and the crowd loved it. michelle. thank you so much, katie russell, our culture editor enjoying the last day of glastonbury festival.
hello from the washington heights neighbourhood in new york city. i'm tom brook and welcome to talking movies. in today's programme, highlights from this month's tribeca festival. an opening night film goes behind the scenes with new york—born megastarjennifer lopez. it wasn't about me. it was about, really, the moment, and how i could contribute to that. # hallelujah... # a documentary paying tribute to canadian singer/songwriter leonard cohen and his famous song hallelujah. leonard is in my psyche. he's in my conscience. i'm not sure you could really class it as a fantasy as such. it's a bit mundane for that. emma thompson impressing tribeca audiences by boldly portraying an older woman seeking sexual fulfilment. yes. the great thing about this film is that it's very honest about sex.
also, a tribeca film in whichjohn lennon's one—time personal assistant, may pang, documents her love affair with the former beatle. it was wild to see that. there are people here who really are the remnants of another time in new york. plus, with its rich, storied bohemian history, a portrait of new york's chelsea hotel in transition... what is the aftermath of a loss that you never planned for? ..and an unsettling feature film with a haunting, timely resonance. it explores grief in the wake of a mass shooting. all that and more in this special tribeca edition of talking movies. tribeca's opening night film was halftime, a documentary from netflix, which focused on hometown new york girl jennifer lopez, who, of course, is now an international celebrity, and she has a long track record in movie—making. i don'tjust go...
has the camera got me? but i'm also saying that the camera got me. because i can do all of that at the same time. halftime starts following the star's life in 2019, a time when she was receiving accolades for her standout performance as the veteran stripper ramona in the movie hustlers. the game is rigged, and it does not reward people who play by the rules. it was also when she turned 50. it is about my life, but i'm excited. i haven't seen the finished product yet, so i'm nervous. but very excited. i do this to connect with people and make them feel things because i want to feel something. this is the year that she was preparing for her super bowl half—time show. but to me, it's also about the half—time of her life, and her evolution as an artist and looking back at her past, but also looking forward to what's next for her. we're on the edge of being able to get this on the field. - preparing for the super bowl half—time show is a big part of the film. i can't do it if you guys
keepjust pressing us. lopez is a trailblazer for the latina community. she professes not to be political, but she wanted to make a political statement about the trump administration's treatment of immigrant children with the half—time show. i'm trying to give you something with substance. i want something real. withjennifer lopez, tribeca — very much a new york festival — certainly got a feisty new york icon as its opening night attraction. she certainly has a kind of new york spirit that is nice to celebrate. yeah. yeah, it is. it's great. and the movie is perfect for opening the festival up here in this theatre. yeah, it's perfect. is she your kind of person? yeah. you know, i don't... i don't hang out with her, but, you know, i know her. packaged as an inspirational tribute, there is something profoundly depressing about halftime. yes, jennifer lopez is a strong and at times vulnerable woman
full of good intentions. but i felt manipulated by this film. it comes across as an over—calibrated enterprise to rebrand jennifer lopez. there is hardly any journalistic rigour or balance. it's really a movie made to make her a more commercially viable brand and to please herfans. i learned very little of substance by watching this documentary, except thatj. lo works extremely hard and always seems to be in motion. # waiting for tonight. # applause this song was written by leonard cohen. a far more satisfying tribeca film with a music theme could be found 100 blocks south of washington heights at new york's famed beacon theatre. here, festival goers could attend a premiere of the documentary hallelujah: leonard cohen, ajourney, a song which looked at the song hallelujah, one of the best—known offerings from the late canadian singer
songwriter, leonard cohen. # it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth # the minorfall... # leonard cohen, who died in 2016, performing his mesmerising hallelujah — a hymn cast in a popularform, which has been covered by numerous other artists. # hallelujah... # this documentary is an exploration of that song and also a portrait of cohen himself. how do you understand the song hallelujah? oh, gosh. i mean, i think in the same way that leonard took it from a more religiously encompassing set of lyrics to a more secular version. i think it has every single thing in it, from, you know, the sex to the saint, so, yeah. and depending on the day, i'll tell you it means a different thing. i was scared anyways. so rather than humiliate myself, i left. this documentary brings together
a wealth of material. we hearfrom leonard cohen himself, record company executives and many others, including musicians. among them, 19605 folk song iconjudy collins, who appears in the documentary. # she leads you to the river... # she played a pivotal role in encouraging cohen to perform in public. i told him he had to sing. he didn't want to sing. he said, "i have a terrible voice." i said, "it's not a terrible voice." # oh, people, i've been here before... # "it's a little eccentric, but it's a great voice. "and you have to use it. "you have to sing these songs." # i used to live alone before i knew you... # i believe he knew of your film project, didn't he, before he died? presumably the hope is on your part that he'd be happy with what you've done. yes. we always look up at the sky and say, "thank you, leonard. "thank you, leonard. "
if there's one big hole in this whole process, it's that we couldn't show it to him. - the documentary, which first premiered at the venice film festival, is a sensitive, intimate and respectful celebration of leonard cohen, and of course, hallelujah, so nicely made that it should engage those new to leonard cohen as well as his die—hard fans. to me, one of the most inspiring films at tribeca this year was good luck to you, leo grande. why? because in it, emma thompson gives the most remarkable performance. it makes you realise just how good she is as an actress. but also this is a movie which gives a very intelligent portrayal of an older woman's quest for sexual fulfilment. emma jones went to meet emma thompson. i'm leo. you must be nancy. may i come inside? yes. emma thompson made an appearance at tribeca with one of the most talked about roles of her career. with very little to prove in terms of her acting credentials, not many double oscar winners would make themselves as vulnerable as thompson does
in good luck to you, leo grande. you're the only adventure i've ever had. she's chosen to expose herself in every way, including physically, as nancy, a retired teacher who hires a sex worker, leo grande, played by irish actor daryl mccormack. i am whatever you want me to be. directed by australian sophie hyde and written by british comedian and scriptwriter katy brand, it was a small cast and small setting, a simple hotel room, befitting an exploration of intimacy. this is such a unique film. why do you think we haven't seen anything like it before? nobody�*s interested in middle—aged women having sex. in female pleasure. we don't talk really about sex in the way that this film talks about sex because we're not very honest about it. and my industry often portrays it in ways that i'm sure feel completely foreign to most people.
there are nuns out there with more sexual experience than me. it's embarrassing. do you want me to brush my teeth? at a time when the industry is still going through the reverberations of the metoo movement, including admissions of how uncomfortable some actresses have felt on set during the filming of sex scenes, could this movie address the traditional hollywood practice of using perfect bodies on screen? thompson doesn't think it's benefited the audience. there's a lot of that difficulty for men and women, probably. i mean, women obviously at the top of the list because we've been taught from a very early age not to like our bodies. so, yes, i think a lot of damage has been done. the great thing about this film is that it's very honest about sex and about pleasure and about shame and about difficulty. erm, it... it addresses it with a kind of humility that i've...
i don't think i really have ever seen. so what is your fantasy? thompson has been particularly praised for her performance, and after its showing here in new york, as well as other festivals around the world, it could be that the film industry's portrayal of sex, as opposed to the real thing, continues to be a talking point in hollywood. in america, as the pandemic moves more and more into the background of people's lives, hollywood is delivering some feel—good entertainments, which may be offering weary audiences some comfort. one such film being shown at tribeca this year wasjerry and marge go large, in which a real life michigan man is portrayed who managed to win millions of dollars in state lotteries through a mathematical loophole that was entirely legal. i'm playing the lottery and i'm winning. ifigured out the math and i won $15,000. jerry selbee, played by bryan cranston, is at the heart of this movie.
a man with a mathematical bent who in 2003 discovered that a michigan state lottery game called winfall had a legal loophole that would enable him to win millions if he bought enough tickets. so he and his wife, marge, played by annette bening, really went to town... we'd like to buy 8,000 winfall tickets. ..and ended up winning millions. the money didn'tjust line their pockets. it went to family, friends and an investment corporation. i wanted to play a character in a story that had goodness to it, that had a sense of community to it, because we were all in the lockdown during covid and this is the first movie i did after that. and i wanted and needed to feel better. the real lifejerry selbee was at the tribeca premiere with his wife marge, getting his moment of fame. how do you view what you did in terms of winning state lottery money and giving it to the community? do you see it as a kind of robin hood—type thing in a way? no.
it was just a natural thing that we did. it was just something natural. i didn't feel like robin hood at all. just... it wasjust natural. we had friends that decided to enjoy being with us and getting a little bit of profit at the same time. this is about making money. you like money, right? well, not as much as i like other things. this tribeca film, which has pleasing performances, had a real sweetness to it, and it paints a portrait of decent middle american largesse and civic mindedness, which one wishes was more commonplace in real life. the chelsea hotel here in manhattan is definitely a new york city cultural landmark. over the decades, it's hosted all kinds of luminaries. bob dylan stayed here. so did welsh poet dylan thomas. and arthur c clarke wrote 2001:
a space odyssey within its walls. it's certainly an institution with a strong bohemian streak. the tribeca film dreaming walls: inside the chelsea hotel wasn't so much an impressionistic tribute to this legendary hostelry and its denizens, but a portrait of it in a moment of transition. i wanted this apartment to stay true to the history of the chelsea. its focus is on the residential holdouts who remained in the hotel while it underwent a recent transformation into a boutique establishment. knocks at window stop! hey! the film has been made by two belgian directors. it's a moment in time where we follow some of the residents that are still living and creating there amongst the chaos of the renovation until the reopening. ithe chelsea is kind of like a grandl old tree that's been chopped down. the documentary shows a gentrification in progress, one that has made the chelsea unaffordable for the kind of bold, bohemian creatives who made it a cultural landmark. now, it will be only about wealthy people, you know,
so it will be just one kind of population that will be displaced. and so we will lose this creative energy somehow that made the chelsea, actually. the documentary shows the chelsea hotel in a state of limbo as the renovation proceeds. there's a lot of ghosts going on around here. could you feel anything? yeah. many of the residents featured, past and present, express a strong affection for the institution. they tried to move all the residents to the first floor, because when the hotel opens, it's going to be very fancy and expensive. it's sort of an environment that stimulates me a great deal. it makes me really want to work. and so i can't imagine me being... i'm still working a lot. i can't imagine living anywhere else. i think there was some scientific study that if you look at someone's eyes for four minutes, you'll fall in love. like, a stranger. you'll fall in love with a stranger. i was very productive here, and thanks to the history of the hotel, i felt i had to raise my game because of
the people that live there. you know, i lived on a floor in a room where janis joplin lived and dave grohl and leonard cohen. you know, iwas in dee dee ramone's room for a couple of months. and, you know, it raised my game. there's a mournfulness to this documentary, the nostalgic references to a time when new york's alternative culture was much more vibrant. it conveys a sense of a monument whose glory days are over. on a december night back in 1980, i stood here in front of the dakota apartment building on new york's upper west side and reported live for bbc news on the devastating reality that the former beatlejohn lennon had been shot dead as he returned home to the dakota. the dominant narrative at that time was thatjohn lennon had been leading a wondrous family life with his wife, yoko ono,
and young son sean. years prior, there had been word that he'd had a relationship, a fling, with his former personal assistant, may pang. but it was really seen as a not—too—significant affair. but now comes a tribeca film which makes the case that that relationship with may pang was much more substantial than many people thought. film critic noah gittell has been looking at the tribeca film that makes these claims. # imagine allthe people... # strawberry fields here in central park is a permanent tribute tojohn lennon's memory, a place where fans come to play his songs and remember his life. a new documentary called the lost weekend: a love story sheds new light on a specific period in lennon's life — his romance with may pang, which began in 1973 and lasted 18 months. and my first live—in boyfriend wasjohn lennon. in the film, pang tells her own
version of the story, and the film—makers use photos, archival footage and even animations based on lennon's drawings to bring it to life. john and paul stick their heads out, and screaming at one another say, "i'll talk to you later," and as the cars move, they split. and it was wild to see that. pang's situation was unusual. she was lennon's assistant before she became his girlfriend, and it was supposedly yoko ono who suggested they get together. beatles historians typically treat lennon's time with her as just an extended vacation from his responsibilities as a husband and father. the film—makers felt that pang's story was a necessary corrective to the narrative. my heart is in this story, as a woman. as a woman who feels that some of our stories are obscured, particularly women who wound up a little bit left behind. and we learned, you know, she survived, number one, and that she was a really good
person and she was a true lover, companion, musical, sort of, muse, if you will. she was many things that have been obscured. most of what's in the film will already be known to hardcore beatles fans, and many of its anecdotes are merely amusing rather than revealing. what really stands out in the lost weekend is the film's treatment of yoko ono, depicted as a manipulator who allegedly pushed lennon into and then out of his relationship with pang. ono was not interviewed for the film, and her voice would have provided more balance to a story that often feels one—sided and at times vindictive. we're not trashing her, you know. she had her life. she had her own reasons. we're really talking about the fact that when may and john get together, what were they doing together? as evidenced by the enormous success of last year's get back documentary, the appetite for beatles content remains strong, so a film like the lost weekend will always have an audience. whether it deserves one is another story. several of this year's tribeca festivalfilms had topical themes.
one in particular, peace in the valley, portrayed a grief—stricken woman who'd lost her husband in a mass shooting incident. this film really resonated with audiences at a time in america where there have been some very unsettling, real life mass shooting incidents. accepting our new reality, accepting what is, is painful. peace in the valley really captures the trauma wrought by a mass shooting. the leading character, ashley, is torn apart when her husband dies when they are together with their young son at a supermarket shooting. i don't know what to do. i don't know what to do without him. ashley is played by brit shaw, who also produced the movie. it's a film designed to show the emotional trauma of mass shootings. we're all afraid of what's going on in this country right now. and it can be you. it can be me. you can be at a nail salon, you can be at a grocery store. so we wanted it to feel like just this average family, and what is the aftermath of a loss
that you never planned for? do you think a feature film like yours can help bring about some thinking about how gun violence might be solved? i mean, i know you're focusing on grief, but do you think that could be a possible by—product of it? i mean, we all hope that something can mean something bigger than it is. i don't know if that is... i would love for it to be. i think it shows that we are moved and care about change. erm, i think that... ..it's not political, it's human. and that's what we wanted to tell. explain that to me. you say it's not political, but the forces getting in the way of resolving gun violence are very political. very. but at its core, it's human. showcasing a simple story about a family that could be you, could be me, like, iwanted... i want people to take away
that it could be you. so what can we do as a community to make something happen and make a change happen? well, that brings this special tribeca festival edition of talking movies to a close. we hope you've enjoyed the programme. please remember, you can always reach us online at... and you can find us on twitter. so from me, tom brook, and the rest of the talking movies team here in new york, it's goodbye, as we leave you with leonard cohen singing hallelujah, which was seen in a tribeca documentary. # hallelujah, hallelujah # hallelujah. #
this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the headlines at 6. one person has been killed after russian cruise missiles strike the ukrainian capital, kyiv, causing large explosions. the prince of wales accepted a suitcase containing a million euros in cash, from a former qatari prime minister, according to the sunday times. there is no suggestion the payments were illegal. among the leaders at the summit is borisjohnson — who's said he is "actively thinking" about a third term, amid criticism of his leadership after by—election losses. and at least 21 people are reported to have been found dead at a nightclub in the south african city of east london.
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