Andrea James


The week in TV: Devils; Storyville: Whirlybird: Live Above LA; Behind Her Eyes; Torn and more – review

Euan Ferguson

Sun 21 Feb 2021 04.30 EST

As a simple tale of adrenaline, Whirlybird: Live Above LA made a fascinating enough Storyville: breaking news in its infancy, with fast-to-screen video a major new player, and he and wife Marika in the air, literally ambulance-chasing, and snatching exclusive footage of so much, including that OJ Simpson pursuit (80 million viewers: wow). Then came the twist.

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Story of transgender journalist Zoey Tur who captured THAT OJ Simpson chase footage with her then wife is told in documentary that reveals how abusive behavior and her gender identity struggle led to their split


PUBLISHED: 08:50 EST, 16 February 2021

Storyville documentary Whirlybird: Live Above LA, which aired on BBC Four last night, reveals how Tur and Gerrard became a two-man helicopter news team in the 1980s, finding success with live coverage of police raids, fires and car chases. 

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Greenwich Buys Sundance Doc ‘Whirlybird’, Chronicling LA News Helicopter Couple

February 16, 2021 6:42am

By Tom Grater

International Film Reporter


Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Whirlybird from A&E IndieFilms. The doc, which premiered at last year’s Sundance, is the feature debut of Matt Yoka. It follows a husband-and-wife news helicopter team who covered some of Los Angeles’ most historic events.


Whirlybird: Live Above LA review – intimate portrayal of how they got the eye in the sky

Lucy Mangan @LucyMangan

Mon 15 Feb 2021 17.30 EST

Whirlybird: Live Above LA (BBC Four) sets out to be many things. It is a documentary about the evolution – brought about largely by one married couple, Bob Tur and Marika Gerrard-Tur – in live broadcast news in the US since the early 80s. It is an intimate, bittersweet portrait of the breakup of a family under pressure. It is the story of a man’s transition to life as a woman, as Bob came out publicly in 2013 as a trans woman and now lives as Zoey Tur. (I am using the names and pronouns the film and family use when talking about the past, on the assumption that Zoey, a strong, articulate presence who seems unlikely not to have made any feelings on the matter clear, signed off on the decision.) And it is an oblique study in what it takes to get things done, whether it is to revolutionise an industry, remake a body or remove yourself from a toxic relationship when, as it was for Marika, not only your domestic life and your children but also your professional existence are bound up in it.


Whirlybird screening 27-29 November at LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is screening our film Whirlybird with a post-screening conversation with director Matt Yoka.

FILM at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, and conversations with artists and special guests.

Join FILM at LACMA for a screening of Whirlybird. The film will be followed by a post-screening conversation with director Matt Yoka.

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Voice feminization training: Nadia’s results

Nadia and I worked together on her voice, and she sent me this wonderful result:

As a comparison, here is where she was back in 2019:

One Giant Leap for Mankind [review]

One Giant Leap for Mankind

September 11, 2020 | By Courtney Gardner

I hope you will go out of your way to listen to Schofield’s story, anyone’s story for that matter, and allow for it to impact your life for the better. By opening yourself to someone else’s vulnerability, you will be able to reflect on your own. Schofield doesn’t paint himself in one color; instead, he shows that he is a good person, a bad person, a victim and a violator. But this is not just a trans story. You do not have to be trans to enjoy it or to participate in the interactive steps. I have genuinely yet to witness any media that has compared to this film. As Schofield proudly says after each step, “NEW STORY,” and transports to a different time in his life. May we all have the strength to share our stories, both new and old, as we think necessary, to further the media’s take on life.

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Outfest 2020 Is Here, Complete With a Drive-In

By Alysia Gray Painter  Published August 20, 2020

As for the many excellent films set to screen virtually?

Actor Scott Turner Schofield’s “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps,” based on the performer’s acclaimed stage show, will be available to view starting on Tuesday, Aug. 25 for 72 hours, while the documentary “Ahead of the Curve” will celebrate the story of Curve Magazine (it’s available on Aug. 28 for 72 hours).

Over 160 features, documentaries, and shorts will roll out during the 11-day window.

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Outfest Announces 2020 Winners and Surprise ‘Encore Week’


AUGUST 31 2020 

The films of Encore Week include CicadaTwo of Us (Deux), Gossamer FoldsMinyanTaharaThe Obituary of Tunde JohnsonKeyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland StoryThe CarnivoresDry WindNo Hard FeelingsShiva BabyAlice JuniorCuredBecoming a Man in 127 Easy StepsAsk Any BuddyYour Mother’s Comfort, and Lily Tomlin: The Film Behind the Show.

See the winners of this year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival below. And learn more about Encore Week at

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