Talking Back to TV: Screenings of The Bicentennial Will Not Be Televised, Fig St Fiasco and Retro Metro


Sunday 1st December 2pm

Carriageworks, Track 8


Screenings of The Bicentennial Will Not Be Televised, Fig St Fiasco and Retro Metro w/ Jennifer Crone and Tom Zubrycki

Tele Visions plays upon the imbalance of access to TV broadcasting between corporate or government entities and the public. However it would be remiss to not acknowledge the remarkable and inspirational histories of community access media and production collectives in Australia. Talking Back to TV takes a looks at these histories through the screening of two historically important activist video works and a retrospective presentation by Metro Screen.

Introduced by Jennifer Crone; ‘The Bicentennial will not be Televised’ is a potent critique of Australia’s celebration of 200 years of white settlement that dissects the language and nuance of the dominant culture’s celebration propaganda and the reaction to that celebration being challenged. Fig St Fiasco was created using the newly accessible technology of portable video recording to allow for fast, collaborative, community based story telling to occur where TV wouldn’t go.

Metro Screen presents Retro Metro, a look back over the past 32 years of storytelling and rabble rousing in Sydney. From the early protests calling for Public Access TV to some of the first experiments with live video by Severed Heads in the 1980’s and early public appearances of now household names like Nicole Kidman and Bob Hawke. Metro Screen has been instrumental in representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian, Queer, Feminist and ethnically diverse content on our public screens for more than three decades. This online archive is a multimedia resource that tracks the evolution of Metro Screen in tandem with the changes in technology and society throughout the local screen community’s history. The Retro Metro story lives on the Metro Screen website –

Produced in partnership with Metro Screen.

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