Amnesty International launches online TV show

Posted on 19 July 2011
By Pierce King
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s biggest human rights organisation, Amnesty International UK has launched 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 behind News Wipe, Starsuckers and the Inbetweeners, Amnesty TV’s first was broadcast through www.amnestytv.co.uk and via their 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 boasts 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’

Also 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 1 – INTERNET FREEDOM (15th July): (Watch it here – in the video box) Content includes:

Aung San Suu Kyi – a special message from the Burmese opposition leader recorded for Amnesty’s 50th anniversary.
Jimmy Wales Art Class – founder of Wikipedia delivers a polemic on internet freedom around an Amnesty class where children compose a collage of China’s recent infamous history.
Don’t Panic: Birthday Stunt – internet pranksters (Don’t Panic) behind the Alan Duncan expenses scandal ask the embassies of China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US to sign a birthday card for Amnesty and to join the fun at our party.
Harm on Removal – satirical recruitment/training video on security techniques used during deportation from the UK.

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.
Cassette Boy: Obama Speech – notorious internet film maker Cassette Boy, famous for re-editing The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den re-imagines an Obama speech on torture and Guantanamo.

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.”