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Documentary.

Not as bad as I expected from catching the very beginning yesterday, but I'm still rather disappointed. The this-is-bringing-Londoners-together angle was pursued relentlessly in preference to telling you much about the show itself, or showing a great deal of the Giant or Elephant and their manipulateurs performing. I got the feeling that Endemol would rather have been making a documentary about something else instead. And where did they find such miserable buggers to follow around? They cheered up nicely once they saw the show, but they didn't look like a cross-section of London to me.

The Money Program was covering music downloading. Pretty poor coverage, to be honest. The idea that the major labels might not be the examplars of rectitude was barely touched on, and neither would you learn that there other paid downloads sites besides iTunes (or, indeed, before iTunes). Not impressed.
I really don't think it was as bad as you described. Tell us is it because princealbert appeared twice that you dont like it? :D
He was prominent more than twice. Billy was visible a lot as well. I did catch myself a couple of times too.

I thought they were playing one particular angle too much. There was a brief mention of Royal de Luxe as a performing company, and that they were French, but nothing about Jules Verne, for instance - it was commissioned for the centenary of his death, which is why it had the fantastical air about it - and they didn't show the single funniest bit of the weekend, the Sultan's speech in Trafalgar Square. They had a bit of Dave Lambie speaking, which is fair enough, but as with the rest of it they got as close to ignoring the actual performance as they could.
Yup I think I spotted the back of your head.

Maybe it's because I wasn't there, but as a non attendee it was very clear that it was a french production, why it was there etc. Just watching those snippets it came across very clearly how magical this whole event was.

I would have loved to have been there
It was great, but I think they were trying to show that it worked by showing the effect on people rather than by showing the event. There was a lot of reaction and little performance, and the obvious criticism is that it could as easily have been a documentary about the reaction to anything. The stuff that the people who were there saw wasn't mostly in the program.

It would have been nice, I think, if it had been more specifically about the company's performance and what it was they were doing. I don't remember there being anything at all in the program about what it was they were trying to do.
As I said, why bother with Freeview?!

Pyro didn't know anything about it so was suitably impressed with the performance footage. Bloody amazing I say. We looked for you and guessed you'd be one of the yellow-shirted brigade (although Pyro initially speculated you'd be more at home in a red frock-coat).

The first 45 minutes (or so it seemed) of dull Londoners bemoaning what an anti-social society it is was pretty dull. Where did they find them? How dim do you have to be to get on film? What we really need is a 'proper' documentary about how the models were constructed and operated, more about the rationale behind the performance and also about the company, let alone the ergonomics of getting everythingb in place and persuading the council to dig uyp the car park for them : ) Know any obliging film-makers?
I have the Sultan's Elephant doc on tape. I wouldn't worry about having missed the other one.

"Exemplars of Recitude". I may have to advocate somebody starting a band called that. They'd probably be a bit like Undeclinable Ambuscade.
I like Metaphorazine which I just saw on bug's LJ.. Wouldn't mind a look at that tape. Are you pub quizzing Tues?
Maybe. I'm not sure. I have a feeling I may have agreed to do something then, but I'm not sure.
I have to agree about the money program they missed out a lot of important issues primarily (for me) ignoring the decreased percentage of royalties to the artist from downloads while pushing the positive side of downloading from the artists pov down the veiwers throat.