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Undercurrents 4

Synopsis
A quarterly alternative video magazine, published in response to a growing frustration with mainstream television. All the material was shot on domestic camcorders, mostly by activists who are using the media to support their campaigns.
1: Women’s empowerment through direct action.
2: An activist’s view of the 1995 Labour Party Conference.
3: A community fights for their jobs and environment.
4: Princess Diana’s menu becomes number one on the news agenda.
5: DIY pirate radio stations in the council estates of London.
6: Police use new Criminal Justice Act laws to ambush hunt sabateurs.
7: A beginner’s guide to the Job Seeker’s Allowance.
8: Shell responsibility for the devastation of Ogoniland.
9: Fifteen minutes of alternative news.
10: Television advert parodies.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 80 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £27.95 per issue 1996 subscription: £75.00 (1 year/3 issues)
Subjects
Media studies; Politics & government
Keywords
advertising; environmental campaigning; field sports; Labour Party (Great Britain); mining industries; Nigeria; Ogoniland; radio broadcasting; unemployment

Sections

Title
Two tarts in a kitchen
Synopsis
1: Women's empowerment through direct action.

Title
Look chum!
Synopsis
2: An activist's view of the 1995 Labour Party Conference.

Title
Closed mined open cast
Synopsis
3: A community fights for their jobs and environment.

Title
And first
Synopsis
4: Princess Diana's menu becomes number one on the news agenda.

Title
Welcome to the jungle
Synopsis
5: DIY pirate radio stations in the council estates of London.

Title
Operation rook
Synopsis
6: Police use new Criminal Justice Act laws to ambush hunt sabateurs.

Title
Get your hair cut
Synopsis
7: A beginner's guide to the Job Seeker's Allowance.

Title
Shell on earth
Synopsis
8: Shell responsibility for the devastation of Ogoniland.

Title
More street news
Synopsis
9: Fifteen minutes of alternative news.

Title
Best of Crap Arrest and Adbuster’s TV advert parodies
Synopsis
10: Television advert parodies.

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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