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Undercurrents 6

Synopsis
A video magazine of alternative news, published in response to a growing frustration with mainstream news reporting. All the material was shot on domestic camcorders, mostly by activists who are using the media to support their campaigns.
1 (5 min): Serenading Newbury bypass construction workers.
2 (6 min): Campaigns from around the world, from Spain to Papua New Guinea.
3 (17 min): The struggle of a traditional Romany community to maintain its identity.
4 (10 min): Pop groups Zion Train, Exodus and Brighton Free Festival bypass the corporate music machine.
5 (5 min): What happens when horses get in front of chainsaws.
6 (2 min): Residents react when a CCTV camera points at their window.
7 (6 min): Environmental activism in the USA when laws threaten old growth forests.
8 (7 min): Anti-car parties spring up around the country.
9 (13 min): The four women who disarmed a British-made warplane bound for Indonesia tell their story.
10 (2 min): A silly story from ITN.
11: Using the Internet to in the legal battle against McDonald’s restaurants.
12 (10 min): How video is being used to win campaigns in Australia.
13 (7 min): Behind the scenes with the video crew.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 93 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £27.95 per issue 1996 subscription: £75.00 (1 year/3 issues)
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
arms industries; Australia; forest ecosystems; gypsies; multinational corporations; Music; video magazines; video surveillance

Sections

Title
Road blues
Synopsis
1 (5 min): Serenading Newbury bypass construction workers.

Title
Global news
Synopsis
2 (6 min): Campaigns from around the world, from Spain to Papua New Guinea.

Title
Swan farm
Synopsis
3 (17 min): The struggle of a traditional Romany community to maintain its identity.

Title
Where there’s a wig there’s a way
Synopsis
4 (10 min): Pop groups Zion Train, Exodus and Brighton Free Festival bypass the corporate music machine.

Title
Wild horses of Newbury
Synopsis
5 (5 min): What happens when horses get in front of chainsaws.

Title
Alien nation
Synopsis
6 (2 min): Residents react when a CCTV camera points at their window.

Title
Songs for the salvage rider
Synopsis
7 (6 min): Environmental activism in the USA when laws threaten old growth forests.

Title
Reclaiming the streets
Synopsis
8 (7 min): Anti-car parties spring up around the country.

Title
If I had a hammer
Synopsis
9 (13 min): The four women who disarmed a British-made warplane bound for Indonesia tell their story.

Title
Snodland news
Synopsis
10 (2 min): A silly story from ITN.

Title
Judge for yourself
Synopsis
11: Using the Internet to in the legal battle against McDonald's restaurants.

Title
Vid of Oz, The
Synopsis
12 (10 min): How video is being used to win campaigns in Australia.

Title
Making of Undercurrents
Synopsis
13 (7 min): Behind the scenes with the video crew.

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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