MacTV is an Australian first (and only), television production and broadcasting initiative run in a prison, by inmates
for inmates. The project teaches participants how to physically set up a TV studio, assemble and create content for broadcasting, and how to best develop and utilise talent and resources in a creative and expressive way.
Using asset-mapping to ascertain participant interests, strengths, skills, achievements, plans and ambitions, we work with the inmates to maximise engagement, personal development and opportunity for identity transformation. Similarly, we asset-map the existing fixed resources within Macquarie Correctional Centre (MCC), which includes a music and sound recording studio, woodwork, metal and art departments, to ensure that we leverage every opportunity and resource for creating viable televised content.
By creating a single focus output – for example, a Letterman-style live talk show featuring guest/s of the week
being interviewed about their creative /productive endeavours and personal interests i.e. mural art, music,
performance, cookery etc, we can work towards expansion to the creation of short films, comedy/drama series, variety shows, current affairs programs etc. All participants undergo professional training in television production to help develop the skills building elements essential to all forms of television. Workshops are delivered on-site and include – writing, presenting, interviewing, acting, filming, lighting, musical arrangements, set & prop design, costumes, and greenscreen/special effects.
The program aims to stimulate prisoners’ engagement with learning, and to improve their literacy, problem solving and communication skills. MacTV utilises the power of film and storytelling to support the process of rehabilitation and
desistance, and helps inmates develop the agency, strength and confidence to tell their own stories.
MacTV aims to establish a prison broadcast platform to showcase and publicise a wide variety of professionally produced entertaining and message-focused television content for the intranet broadcast systems of participating correctional centres. Designed and produced by inmates themselves.
Macquarie Correctional Centre
Corrective Services NSW