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Undercurrents 9

Synopsis
A video magazine of alternative news, published in response to a 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 (4 min): International, environmental, social and animal justice direct actions.
2 (7 min): The rise of direct action in Ireland.
3 (4 min): An activist’s guide to stopping blood sports.
4 (5 min): British activists join in protests against the transport of nuclear waste actoss Germany.
5 (4 min): Chumbawamba’s backdrop to the 1998 Brit Awards performance.
6 (3 min): Anti-adverts from Canadian organisation Adbusters.
7 (14 min): Investigation into how and why the police control the news.
8 (2 min): Items omitted from the news.
9 (8): A Scottish community fights feudal land laws to preserve their unique way of life.
10 (1 min): Poet ‘Urban Shaman’ seeks fulfilment in the late 20th century.
11 (2 min): Activists set out to disarm Britain’s nuclear missiles.
12 (5 min): An update of environmental, social and animal justice direct actions around Britain.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 57 min.
Year of production
1998
Availability
Sale; 1998 subscription: £72.95 (1 year/3 issues) institutional 1999 sale: £27.95 (per issue) institutional
Subjects
Sociology
Keywords
arms trade; environmental campaigning; fox hunting; Ireland; law enforcement; nuclear waste; nuclear weapons; television news

Sections

Title
Global news
Synopsis
1 (4 min): International, environmental, social and animal justice direct actions.

Title
Glen of the downs
Synopsis
2 (7 min): The rise of direct action in Ireland.

Title
Foxtrotting
Synopsis
3 (4 min): An activist's guide to stopping blood sports.

Title
Trainstopping
Synopsis
4 (5 min): British activists join in protests against the transport of nuclear waste actoss Germany.

Title
Tubthumping
Synopsis
5 (4 min): Chumbawamba's backdrop to the 1998 Brit Awards performance.

Title
Intermission
Synopsis
6 (3 min): Anti-adverts from Canadian organisation Adbusters.

Title
Breaking the news
Synopsis
7 (14 min): Investigation into how and why the police control the news.

Title
News at Ten sucks
Synopsis
8 (2 min): Items omitted from the news.

Title
Carbeth hutters, The
Synopsis
9 (8): A Scottish community fights feudal land laws to preserve their unique way of life.

Title
Quick ley-line, A
Synopsis
10 (1 min): Poet 'Urban Shaman' seeks fulfilment in the late 20th century.

Title
Ploughshares 2000
Synopsis
11 (2 min): Activists set out to disarm Britain's nuclear missiles.

Title
Street news
Synopsis
12 (5 min): An update of environmental, social and animal justice direct actions around Britain.

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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