Big Brother Australia Finale (2012)

Reality programming thrives on artifice. Artificial competitions, constraints and, more often than not, contestants who adopt a persona that they think will be more marketable than just being themselves. Big Brother certainly involves a ton of artifice, with twenty four hours of footage edited into a half hour or so by producers crafting a narrative…

Rope (1948)

The conceit of Rope is that it takes place in real time. A recently murdered corpse lies – concealed – in his murderers’ apartment, filmed with a single unbroken shot. The camera gimmick is executed with less panache than I’d expect from Hitchcock, including an unnecessary cut right after the credits. Aside from some unsubtle…