The Fifth Estate Cruel Camera

The Fifth Estate Cruel Camera

As long as they've made movies, animals have been killed or injured to do it. In a landmark investigation over 25 years ago, The Fifth Estate's Bob McKeown uncovered an uncomfortable, even shocking, reality about moviemaking — animals, intentionally put in harm's way, abused, often killed to create the kind of cinematic excitement that draws a crowd. As well, The Fifth Estate found that in wildlife documentaries, the casualty is often the truth. Nature films, including documentaries made by esteemed studios such as Disney, sometimes used fakery in their shots. In 2008, The Fifth Estate thought it was time for McKeown to take another look through the Cruel Camera to see how things have changed. His findings show that although the TV and movie business has made adjustments, many of the damning findings of the original investigation haven't changed much at all. This update includes interview with animal trainers, actors, representatives of the American Humane Association, the Los Angeles County prosecutor, venerable wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough and primatologist Carol Noon.

  • 2009
  • 00:42:01
  • 13-14
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