The Documentary Film (ARHT6939)


This unit examines the theory, practice and criticism of documentary filmmaking from its inception to the present. It will focus on key movements and filmmakers as a means of tracking and assessing critical changes to the status and value of the 'truth claims' of the documentary. The unit will move towards a critical assessment of the slow erosion of the distinction between the documentary image and the fiction image in its place in new media.

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1x1hr lecture/week pre film screening, 1x2hr film screening/week,1x1hr seminar/week post film screening


1x1500wd seminar paper (25%), 1x2500wd Research essay (60%), participation and Seminar presentation (15%)

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