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Amnesty TV

Thursday 21 July 2011

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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the world’s biggest human rights organisation, Amnesty International UK launches Amnesty TV, an online 15-minute, fortnightly magazine-style show which blends satirical comedy, short documentaries, polemics and news around global human rights campaigns.

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.”