TV they don’t want you to see

Much controversy surrounded the premiere of the new SBS three-part documentary Struggle Street. Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali organising a blockade of the broadcaster’s Artarmon Headquarters with a convoy of garbage trucks in an attempt to postpone part one of the program screening last night.

But, as they say, the show must go on – and on it went.

Struggle Street is a raw insight into a side of life many would prefer not to deal with, let alone have aired on national television. Narrated by David Field, Struggle Street exposes the gritty, real-life issues that affect real people living in the downtrodden welfare-dependent suburb of Mount Druitt, just outside of glamorous Sydney.

The documentary focuses on people dealing with drug addiction, physical and mental illness, disability, unemployment and family dysfunction. It isn’t pretty – it’s not meant to be. It simply opens a doorway into a reality that is often ignored and it gives a voice to those Australians who are living on the fringes. 

Why not watch Struggle Street on SBS OnDemand to see what all the fuss is about?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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