The new Struggle Street documentary series is showing Australia a side to Sydney they haven’t seen before. But that’s not all there is to the residents of this area.
This week, an SBS documentary series has caused quite the stir for its representation of those “doing it tough” in the western suburbs of Sydney.
It was labelled “publicly-funded poverty porn” by some, and sparked a petition of more than a thousand signatures that yesterday resulted in a garbage truck blockade of the SBS studios.
Yet, despite the many attempts to have it shut down, the show ran last night to mixed reviews.
While some hailed Struggle Street as an accurate and nuanced depiction of an obvious class divide in Australia (read Rosie Waterland’s review here), others maintained it still wasn’t the whole story.
Some residents maintain the show betrays the hard working average Joe (and Josephine) who comprise the majority of the million residents of western Sydney.
The hardworking students of Mount Druitt TAFE, for example, have another story to tell — one free of television-friendly narratives of welfare dependency and drug abuse.