Climate On The Line (1min 53sec, 2008) is a brief clip showing brave young protestors laying themselves on the line (literally – the train line), as part of a series of peaceful direct action blocking the coal trains in Newcastle. Many groups of activists prevented the coal trains from running all day, in one of Australia’s biggest displays of direct action against the destructive export of coal which is fueling climate change.
Oceania Indymedia Newsreal was a compilation of short, critical documentaries focusing on social and environmental issues in South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific. Distributed online and also on VCD, three editions were produced in 2003, 2004 and 2005 including pieces on Maori struggles in Aotearoa, East Timorese campaigning over Australia’s theft of oil in the Timor sea, life in the slums of Jakarta, climate change in the Pacific, Food not Bombs in Australia and much more.
I co-produced the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal with Tim Parish and Andrew Lowenthal in conjunction with Access News and EngageMedia, and did the motion-graphics and authoring for all three discs. This is one example from the newsreals, featuring a confronting and moving video “Through The Wire” about the 2002 breakout from the Woomera asylum-seeker detention centre, directed by the late video activist extraordinaire, Pip Starr.
More videos from the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal can be found here on EngageMedia.