Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cruel Camera: Animal Abuse in Hollywood

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Fifth Estate news program (as rebroadcast on New York City's WNYC Television) take a in depth look at how animals are abused and manipulated for Hollywood and how that "No animals were harmed in the making of this film" slogan you see in major motion pictures is really not all that it's cracked up to be.

This is actually a second look at the plight of animals in Hollywood they've done and The Fifth Estate finds, sadly, not much has changed. You can watch each documentary below in streaming Windows Media direct from Each broadcast runs approx 42 minutes.

The doc features interviews with acclaimed filmmaker Sir David Attenborough and Jane Goodall (that woman whose famous for getting to know monkeys).

2007 Film

1982 Film Twenty-five years ago, Bob Mckeown and a fifth estate crew stunned the country with an investigative report that showed that many of the wildlife documentaries we'd grown up watching on television (remember the famous footage of the lemmings going off the cliff or some of the memorable moments from shows like Wild Kingdom?) were staged for the television cameras. As well, they revealed that animals often died during the making of movies; all for the sake of the entertainment value.

Now, Bob McKeown and an investigative team have returned to the subject to find out what has changed since the fifth estate's first Cruel Camera documentary. What they found may astonish you.

No comments:

Post a Comment