I had a look at Struggle Street last night and I don’t know what the fuss was about.

This is a doco about people who probably live a little differently than you and I. SBS is about telling stories and this is another of those stories.

It didn’t deserve a garbos blockade of SBS headquarters.mt druitt

It didn’t deserve Federal members writing to station management.

There’s no way in the world that I would ever sign up to be a part of a documentary like this. I just wouldn’t want me privacy compromised to this extent….but these people did sign up. They’re all free adults and to turn around months after the event after seeing the promo and to allege that they were duped is just rubbish.

It’s not poverty porn….it’s just a lifestyle documentary.

Is it a little dramatized ? Of course it is. The documentary makers aim to tell a story, but they also want to engage you.

Is it patronizing that they include subtitles when people are speaking English ?

Not at all. If English was your second language….or if you were watching this doco in Britain or the USA, I think you’d struggle to understand these people.

struggle street 1I was intrigued by the struggles of Ashley and Peta. I was fascinated by the apparent disconnection of Corey. This documentary helps us all to understand why people on ‘struggle street’ do some of the things that they do. I don’t think the subjects were exploited at all. They just told their stories. Most of those stories aren’t good ones, but that’s not SBS’s fault.

Struggle Street is well made, engaging television. Those who jumped up and down and tried to stop it must be feeling a little embarrassed this morning.

After the episode finished, SBS told us they would be fastracking the remaining episodes so they would finish next Wednesday.

“Due to the significant public interest in the series in the lead up to its broadcast tonight and in consideration of participants who bravely tell their stories, SBS has decided to fast track the series, which will now conclude in a two hour program next week,” 

“Struggle Street was filmed over a six-month period and is an honest and raw, but often heartwarming and inspiring glimpse into the lives of individuals and families involved, which seeks to more broadly explore a range of issues that can affect the lives of Australians.