Shaun will be talking and showing examples of his work at the University of Worcester Video Studio (EEG185) on Tuesday the 5th December at 13.15.
Shaun Dey is the founder and principal film maker with Reel News, a media activist collective that works closely with progressive working class movements, producing a bimonthly newsreel, posting videos and slideshows online and arranging screenings.
Reel News uses film as an active tool in creating change, grounded in our belief in social and economic justice and the centrality of the working class in achieving change. We aim to amplify the voices of struggles on the ground to help campaigns achieve victories, make information available and facilitate communication between different struggles.
Since 2006 we have made over 350 films, which increasingly have been key elements in campaigns and strikes that have ultimately been successful. Recent examples include advances in campaigns opposing police surveillance and blacklisting, strikes for proper rates of pay on building sites, reinstatement of workers who were blacklisted for trade union activity, living wage campaigns, the successful struggle for a living wage by British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew after 85 days of strike action, and resistance by public sector workers to austerity cuts, often by Labour councils, such as the successful Birmingham refuse workers strike. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had two million views of our videos on Facebook.
Other campaigns we are currently involved with include the McStrike campaign at McDonalds for union recognition, a £10 per hour minimum wage and an end to bullying, the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, the struggle for justice over the Grenfell fire,campaigns to save the NHS, the Million Climate Jobs campaign and other initiatives for a worker-led jsut transition, and a global network of anti-airport expansion campaigns.
In September we went to Catalonia to work with the anti-capitalist left, militant trade unions and neighbourhood assemblies who are at the heart of resistance to oppression and violence by the Spanish state over the right to decide on independence. We are using the film we produced to help generate working class solidarity in Britain, and are now in a position to take a delegation of trade unionists and activists from social movements over with us to make links when we return just before Christmas.