Tuesday, February 15, 2011


As a protest against the digital TV oligopoly in Australia - where the many new channels have almost no new local content - we plan to screen our are other programs via dvd and broadband. We have already sold videos to Council libraries and had programs screened on Community TV test broadcasts.

We are seeking public venues to do show our and others programs - though some programs we have made may be "acceptable" to the conservative tastes of community TVS (channel 44) which has failed to respond to our emails in 2010. Broadband transmission looks like a hopeful future direction.

Sens a SAE to our UPE address (see Yellow Pages listing) for a fuller catalogue of our DVD's of programs so far. We are looking for a reasonable aized flatscreen to use for screenings in inner Sydney venues. Of course we also need some transport help to get it to and from those vrenues.

Otherwise email us through our Odd Job Centre website http://unemployedembassy.magix.net - which has a page called "Your TV". Some DVD titles now available for public screenings and sale to Councils and schools for their libraries include:


THE PLANES THAT ATE SYDENHAM is our first 30 minute offering - in our Save Our Sydney (SOS) series. SOS originally had a half hour pilot, shown on the first Sydney community television pilots broadcasts. Made in 1995, this movie comes with an A3 size illustrated background leaflet.

WAYSIDE REUNION running about 30 minutes, was shown on Lismore community TV test broadcasts. It covers a  a reunion of people from the late 1960's and early 1970's who were involved with the Kings X icon - then still run by Ted Noffs.  A Question Time format is run in the old Wayside Theatre space - laid out like a cafe. Russell Morris donated his Real Thing song for a Timestream Productions film of the Wayside  Passion Play along Macquarie St - that was screened.

ODD JOB CENTRE (OJC) running over 30 minutes, outlines the founding of the Unemployed Peoples Embassy at 41 Phillip St in the late 1970's, after the OJC was first developed there in 1978. The UPE campaigned to raise tthe income limit on the dole as well as to save the row of historic terraces and the adjacent site of the 1788 Govt House Site under threat of a Sydney City Council road widening. The UPE developed a Learning Co-op - including a music and media workshop. Performances at demos and at the Embassy are shown. Dole News also became a regular publication with some infouence

WORK TEST running about 30 minutes, outlines the UPE struggle against unfair treatment of jobless by the Fraser Govt's Commonwealth Employmrernt Service (CES) leading to a book of the same name. Video reenactments of typical sessions with the Embassy President with a key CES officer is shown. The exposure of compulsory fake job interviews in Dole News and in "Workn Test" the book led to a Fraser Minister ordering the Embassy President to be framed by CES operatives. This probably led to Lib/Lab governments privatising "employment services".

EMBRiO Alternative Festival of Arts - doco and videos of annual events szince 1990.  DVD's still being developed. 

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