‘Video-activism: Reel News’ An interview with Sean Dey

Eamonn Kelly

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    Since it formed in 2006, Reel News has produced a newsreel on progressive movements and campaigns in Britain and around the world every two months, and as such is now the longest-running radical newsreel in British film history. Perhaps equally unusual among video-activist groups is Reel News’ fundamental commitment to class struggle. Or, as former union organiser Shaun Dey puts it, ‘seeing as central the class basis of society and seeing that as the means to fight back’. Financially, the group exists exclusively on donations and subscriptions to its newsreel from individuals and trade union branches, and does not apply for funding, sell its material to other news outlets or produce any other kind of filmmaking to subsidise its video-activist work. Three or four thousand people who are watching the reel news video and who are all people likely to do something with that information – can have quite an effect in terms of activism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Radical Film Culture Networks, Organisations and Activists
    EditorsSteve Presence, Michael Wayne, Jack Newsinger
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1351006385
    ISBN (Print)978-1138543614, 978-1138543607
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


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