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Undercurrents 1

Synopsis
A quarterly alternative video magazine, published in response to a growing frustration with the mainstream. All the material was shot on domestic camcorders, mostly by activists who are using the media to support their campaigns.
1 (10 min): A roundup of stories that television fails to cover.
2 (16 min): Shows how the new Public Order and Criminal Justice Bill will affect the activities of protesters, ravers, travellers and squatters.
3 (3 min): Making a living by retrieving coins out of Oxford’s drains.
4 (6 min): A light-hearted look at the media coverage of direct action.
5 (7 min): A local environment group puts councillor Charles Shouler on the spot, holding him personably responsible for preventing Oxford from having a car-free city centre.
6 (15, 20 min): Charts the progress of the campaign to stop the M11 link road.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 85 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £27.95 per issue 1996 subscription: £75.00 (1 year/3 issues)
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
environmental campaigning; legal issues; local government; road building

Sections

Title
Street news
Synopsis
1 (10 min): A roundup of stories that television fails to cover.

Title
Totally out of order
Synopsis
2 (16 min): Shows how the new Public Order and Criminal Justice Bill will affect the activities of protesters, ravers, travellers and squatters.

Title
Drainer, The
Synopsis
3 (3 min): Making a living by retrieving coins out of Oxford's drains.

Title
When seals take control
Synopsis
4 (6 min): A light-hearted look at the media coverage of direct action.

Title
Bash the baddy
Synopsis
5 (7 min): A local environment group puts councillor Charles Shouler on the spot, holding him personably responsible for preventing Oxford from having a car-free city centre.

Title
You’ve got to be choking
Synopsis
6 (15, 20 min): Charts the progress of the campaign to stop the M11 link road.

Production Company

Name

Undercurrents

Distributor

Name

Undercurrents

Email
info@undercurrents.org
Web
http://www.undercurrents.org External site opens in new window
Phone
01792 455900
Address
Old Exchange
Pier Street
Swansea
SA1 1RY
Notes
A not-for-profit producer and distributor of UK and global counter-culture content. Working with video makers and communities who have been marginalised or overlooked by TV broadcasters, Undercurrents focuses on social and environmental issues and has some unique footage of campaigns and video activism. There is also a podcast series on eco-living entitled LIVING IN THE FUTURE. Some productions are available for purchase on DVD and others are streamed free online, via the webvideo section of the website.

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