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Undercurrents 7

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 (7.5 min): round-up of latest direct actions from around Britain, ranging from genetics to cannabis.
2 (9 min): outraged Welsh residents make a video letter to the New York owner of a nearby polluting factory.
3 (1 min): reclaiming the ballot box in London.
4 (8 min): an insight into the increasing use of economic damage by activists.
5 (2.5 min): linking aircraft with climate change.
6 (15 min): ‘anti-adverts’ produced by the Canadian Adbusters group.
7 (15 min): a community of low-impact dewllers defend their wooden chalets from eviction.
8 (3 min): despite the death of one man, police are still intent on using CS gas against protestors.
9 (2 min): the British army on acid.
10 (1 min): changing your name to confuse the police computer.
11: (5.5 min) a step-by-step guide for the first time building recycling activist.
12: (2 min) a funny incident in the police interrogation room.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 93 min.
Year of production
1997
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £27.95 (per issue) institutional 1997 subscription: £72.95 (1 year/3 issues) institutional
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
environmental campaigning; police; pollution; video history; video surveillance

Sections

Title
Street news
Synopsis
1 (7.5 min): round-up of latest direct actions from around Britain, ranging from genetics to cannabis.

Title
Dear Lenny
Synopsis
2 (9 min): outraged Welsh residents make a video letter to the New York owner of a nearby polluting factory.

Title
Party political
Synopsis
3 (1 min): reclaiming the ballot box in London.

Title
Sabotage
Synopsis
4 (8 min): an insight into the increasing use of economic damage by activists.

Title
Plane warning
Synopsis
5 (2.5 min): linking aircraft with climate change.

Title
Adbusters
Synopsis
6 (15 min): 'anti-adverts' produced by the Canadian Adbusters group.

Title
Holtsfield
Synopsis
7 (15 min): a community of low-impact dewllers defend their wooden chalets from eviction.

Title
In yer face
Synopsis
8 (3 min): despite the death of one man, police are still intent on using CS gas against protestors.

Title
Space cadet
Synopsis
9 (2 min): the British army on acid.

Title
Oddsox
Synopsis
10 (1 min): changing your name to confuse the police computer.

Title
Squat the lot
Synopsis
11: (5.5 min) a step-by-step guide for the first time building recycling activist.

Title
No comment
Synopsis
12: (2 min) a funny incident in the police interrogation room.

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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