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england's netballers have beaten jamaica 54—16 at the copperbox in the first of three matches in preparation for next years commonwealth games. the series concludes with two matches in nottingham on the 4th and 5th of december. and india struck a late blow on day four of their first test against new zealand. they removed opener will young forjust 2. new zealand will need to score 280 more runs to win on the final day with nine wickets in hand. england's director of cricket ashley giles has broken his silence on the racism crisis rocking the sport. he says the coverage has had an impact on the squad who are currentily in australia preparing for the ashes series. he says the players have been closely following azeem rafiq's revelations about his time at yorkshire. the situation has also caused a lot of chance for discussion and reflection within our playing group. and they think deeply about these things and this situation has affected people on this side of the world. it feels like we have a real
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diversity in our playing group, a group that works incredibly work well together and support each other and in all instances appreciates each other�*s differences. and just because we think we haven't had enough snow in this programme, let's get a preview of what we might be seeing at the winter olympics in febraury. this is world champion charlotte bankes finishing second at the snowboard cross world cup at secret garden in china — the same course that will be used at the games. that's all from sportsday. i'll be back with you later in the evening. thanks for watching. time now for the film review.
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hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. what have you been watching? a proper mixed bag. we have a shepherd, which is an eerie british chiller. we have house of gucci, which is the new film by ridley scott. and pirates, in which we party like it's 1999. shepherd — tell me more. here's the thing. you don't like horrorfilms and it's not a horrorfilm, it's a chiller. there is a distinction. it's an atmospheric chiller and i'm trying to talk you into it. this is a story about a young man who is suffering from grief, he's lost his wife and is filled with guilt, and decides to take a position on a remote scottish island as the shepherd, only him on the island, a very small rundown house, his dog and a lighthouse
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which looks worrying decrepit. he is dropped off on the island by kate dickie in sinister style. here's a clip. so, you're just leaving now? it's not my place here. when will you be back? i'll be back next tuesday with supplies. _ anything else you need, you let me know. - 0k. you've got some sheep to find. best get to it, mr black. - you'll not be short of chores here, that's for sure. - i nearly forgot... you'll be needing this — a journal. keep it safe. good luck. something's haunting you, mr black. i can see it — i hope you get the chance
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to confront it. _ i am not messing with her. wow! kate dickie... she is brilliant. brilliant in everything, and every movie she is in, she gives 110%, and she is terrific, and as you saw from that scene, a fantastically expressive face and a way of saying loads while saying very little. the way in which even talking quietly she can make something sound really significant and important. here's the thing about this film — we've seen films in which people are alone on islands and left of their own devices, they start seeing things, are they real, are they in their mind, is it natural or supernatural? we have seen that before. but this is doing it very well and, firstly, has some great performances, as you saw there and there
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and there's a really good score and sound design which are intertwined so that the music and sound of the land, there are sheep sounds and didgeridoo sounds, and then we hear things and you think, "is it a string or the sound of the wind?" and it all gives the film real texture. and i mean it when i say, it is a horror film, but it is on the creepier edge of things. it's to do with atmosphere, a sense of dread. i say this to you because i know you are not a horrorfan, but i do think there is so much in this you would enjoy, not least kate dickie's terrific performance, and it's not a big budget british film and has a real atmosphere about it, so i think it's worth checking out. lots of people will love that and even just watching that clip, it's beautiful to look at. and the way it captures the loneliness of the terrain. and you do look at it and you think, i am right there, on the island and you can imagine what the isolation is like, because that for me is a particular horror, that idea of of being completely
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isolated and alone — i'm a social creature. which leads us nicely into... house of gucci — i'm dying to hear what you think of this. this based on a true story, although amped up. lady gaga as patrizia reggiani, wo married maurizio gucci and became part of the gucci clan and became involved in a great high—profile scandal, which i won't spoil for anyone who doesn't know about it. so, an extraordinary cast and lady gaga is very good at giving us a character who is properly three—dimensional and the press called her black widow and they called her lady gucci and she has this very brash and garish exterior, but we get to see at her as a fully rounded character and we have adam driver as maurizio, who is very low—key and keeps everything under wraps. and we havejeremy irons, who is kind of vampiric and we have al pacino, who is very al pacino. everybody, incidentally, speak english with an italian accent because that's the way the movie has chosen to go.
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and then you have jared leto, and he is paolo, and his performance is nothing short of utterly ridiculous. there is a weird thing. you've seen the trailer forthis, right? so over the top. i thought, what is going on here? the really odd thing is the film is nothing like as camp as the trailer suggests, for better or worse and i'm a big fan of that. and this has a serious story to it and some very good performances to some great design, and thenjared leto who is just doing that thing about — "awardsjudges, look, i am acting, look how much acting i am doing, and i'm doing this ridiculous voice" and he does this voice, which is like somebody singing, and can you just be in the movie with the rest of the cast? there are things in there that i enjoyed and i think lady gaga is great and she will get an awards nomination. there is a possibility that jared leto will too, and it's ridiculous, because it's the most showy performance and utterly ludicrous.
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in a film that is actually much better behaved than you'd expect. that is intriguing on so many levels. pirates, tell us about that. new year's eve, 1999. remember that? three friends who were inseperable and one of them has now gone to college and wants to say, look, our pirate radio days are behind us. but there is another who says, what we need to do is go to a big y2k party because there is a girl i want to kiss when it comes to midnight, so they all barrelled towards these plans for midnight in 1999. here's a clip. anything could happen after that, i wouldn't care. this isn't just any new year — it's the new year! anyone who's anyone is gonna be there! and i'm gonna be there. we're gonna be there! look, whatever happens with sophie, i'm starting the year 2000 twice
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as flipping nice with my best mates. you want the same thing, right? i know you're not asking me, but for what it's worth, i d0~ _ i want things to be nice — twice. you do too, innit, cap? perhaps. i'm in. cheering yes! i love films about friendship. isit...? that is exactly what it's about, and here's the really nice thing about it. there is a certain type of streetwise british movie that often falls into kind of drugs and gangs, cliches, but this doesn't do that. what it is is exactly what you just said — it is a film about friendship, and there's a whole nostalgia thing going on in there is a tamagotchi and music from the period and a funnyjoke about simply red, and a lot of that period detail, but at the heart
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of it is the timeless thing about three friends who have been together for a long time who are at that point when nothing is going to be the same after this and entering a new period and everything will change, and you can look back to things like american graffiti as a precursor of that, and it doesn't matter when they are set — i mean, the nostalgia thing is lovely, but what you care about is, do you like the people as a group? and i did. the colour palette of the film, the blues and reds, very saturated so it has a very bright look to it. the humour is very funny, the performances are nice and it's kind of low—key in a way that is a nice surprise. there's a couple of very funny set pieces, a set piece that takes place in a takeaway food place, but has one of the bestjokes i've seen in the film this year. so i thought it was quite charming and what i liked was exactly what you said — it is about friendship and it manages to make you believe in those characters
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as friends, even when everything else going on around them is a little bit ridiculous and a little bit caricatured, you do believe in the friendship group and i like that. anyway, it's got pirates and i enjoyed it very much. really looking forward to that. good! and best out — i'm very sad i haven't seen it yet because i haven't seen it yet. here is the thing with petite maman, it's kind of fairytale fantasy about a young girl who meets another girl who looks weirdly like her. and her life seems to mirror that of her mother. and to say anything else would to over explain, but its feet are in the soil and on the ground, but it has got a fairytale element to it and its 72 or 73 minutes long and has more truth and integrity and incite in it than of the features i've seen this year and i think the last one. it was so beautiful to look at, everything about it was so beautifully put together.
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i think she never puts a foot wrong, so my ambition is a film starring kate dickie — that's would tick all the boxes. so that is best out. and on streaming? and adam driver who we saw in house of gucci, is in annette, the sparks musical which has been out in the cinemas and was written by sparks, the pop group, and we had this conversation before, you weren't a huge fan of sparks. i don't know them, sorry. it's a musical in which one of the main characters is played by a puppet, and that sounds like, ok, that's quirky and odd and strange for the sake of being quirky and odd and strange but it isn't, but what it is is it is moving and it's engrossing and adam driver is terrific in it and it played at the cannes film festival and surprised everyone by being so accomplished and reminds you that sparks were the most cinematic pop groups and it's been
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in the cinema and has come exclusively to mubi in your home work next week is to watch this and petite maman, and if you can get up the courage, go and see shepherd. i've got a week a busy week. it's a chiller. a quick thought about adam driver because i feel like he is everywhere. nothing against him, but he is everywhere. here is and the interesting thing about him. he's a very malleable actor, so he can play completely different roles like he was in that musical we just saw and in each one of them he plays different characters, and again, sorry to keep going on to this, it brings me back to kate dickie who you can see on minute in green night and she is the queen, and you could watch the films and not realise you are watching the same actor and that, for me, is the definition of a great actor. thank you for being with us
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at the kate dickie fan club here. unashamedly. and enjoy your cinema going whatever you choose to see. i've got a busy week. see you next time. thanks for being with us. bye— bye. hello, it's another cold, frosty, icy night on the way and some sleet and snow in parts of the midlands and across southern england to clear away before we get into the night. further wintry showers along the north sea coast, they're going to be easing for many. as we go through the evening and night, it is clear that frost is sitting in. icy patches where we have seen some wet weather around and temperatures down to —5, —6 in places. things are going to change on monday. after a cold, frosty, largely sunny start, cloud into northern ireland and scotland, bringing some outbreaks of rain. a little sleet and snow to the higher ground ahead of that in scotland. most of the rain here towards the north and north—west. but patchy rain heading towards northern england, wales and the south—west. much of east anglia and the south—east with sunny spells after any early cloud clears away. the wind picking up again,
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particularly in north—west scotland, but the big thing about monday is the range of temperatures. a cold day in the east, turning milder in the west, milder for all on tuesday before it turns colder again. hello, it's another cold, frosty, icy night on the way and some sleet and snow in parts of the midlands and across southern england to clear away before we get into the night. further wintry showers along the north sea coast, this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 7pm... a third case of the new omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in the uk. the government urges people to get their boosters and to follow new rules from tuesday on mask—wearing in england. the government says pupils in year 7 and above in england should wear masks in communal areas of schools from tomorrow morning. everyone wants us to protect the progress that we have made. and that is why we have acted very swiftly and, i believe, in a proportionate way with the news of this new variant. the south african president has criticised the decision to put the country on the international red list. these list. restrictions are completely unjustified.

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