Whirlybird: Live above LA

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Matt Yoka, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Storyville series in 2021 - English narration

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Flying high above Los Angeles in a whirling news helicopter, Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (then known as Bob) spent the 80s and 90s capturing the city’s most epic breaking news stories. Before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, this daring husband-and-wife team invested in a helicopter and pilot’s licence, taking their cameras to the sky and changing broadcast news forever. The cameras not only captured the adrenaline of live news culture, but also the subsequent strain on their relationship and an identity struggle that eventually culminated in a major life transition for Zoey. A wholly unique take on the story of Los Angeles, told through stunning aerial footage and remarkable home videos, Whirlybird reframes many of the city’s pivotal moments of the 1990s, including the OJ Simpson pursuit and the 1992 riots.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 22 (~2411Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 89 min
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 1.58 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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