Produced by the people who made News Wipe, Starsuckers and The Inbetweeners, Amnesty TV launched its first episode at www.amnestytv.co.uk and via YouTube channel. Each episode will focus on a different theme and will feature Amnesty supporters and causes from around the world.
The Amnesty TV creative team includes established writers, film makers and digital artists including: Mike Bradley former producer/director at Charlie Brooker’s ‘News Wipe’ and ‘Screen Wipe’; Iain Morris co-creator of the Inbetweeners; Neil Boorman former magazine editor, columnist and author and creator of C4 show ‘Shoreditch Tw*t’; comic-strip creators Modern Toss; Chris Atkins writer/director of ‘Taking Liberties’ and ‘Starsuckers’; cartoonist Robert Thompson; writer/director duo Misery Bear and internationally renowned illustrator and designer Anthony Burrill providing the graphics.
Episode one, Internet Freedom, features a message from Aung San Suu Kyi, and an art class with a difference from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales among many other things.
Watch episode one here:
Additional content for Episode 1 – on the website but not within main show:
- Kevin Macdonald and Life in a Day – Director Kevin McDonald discusses issues around Internet Freedom on the release of his film made entirely from user generated YouTube clips.
- 100% British – satirical package on British working class values on refugees.
Episode 2 (which goes live on 29th July) will focus on ARMS. Highlights include:
- Misery Bear – specially filmed torture story from the popular Misery Bear team. Misery Bear have just written a new Sky 1 sitcom and their Misery Bear/Kate Moss special was one of the best viewed segments of Comic Relief 2011 online.
- Robert Thompson – regular animated cartoon from legendary cartoonist of Private Eye, Financial Times, Telegraph and The Spectator.
- How To Write A Dictator’s Speech – satirical clip package that deconstructs the wildly eccentric 3 hour monologues that dictators like to give during moments of crisis.
Speaking about the launch, Amnesty International UK’s Head of Brand and Events, Andy Hackman said: “Amnesty International’s aim is to connect people and unite them behind a common belief that people coming together can effect real, tangible change. Amnesty TV’s combination of entertaining content and inspiring stories will help us engage and mobilise a new generation of supporters.”