Australian Documentary: History, Practices and Genres

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 31, 2011 - Business & Economics - 287 pages
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Drawing on interviews with leading industry sources and containing discussion of over 200 documentaries, Australian Documentary: History, Practices and Genres brings to life over a century of documentary making and connects it to international debates in criticism, theory and history. Documentary is the oldest continuous form of screen production in Australia, and today plays a pivotal part in our creative industries. This incisive book covers the development of documentary in Australia from the early days of cinema to the coming of television and to the digital environment. Addressing the issues facing today's documentary makers, the authors explore the role of the documentary in shaping the nation and forming the 'imagined community'.
 

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Contents

1 The documentary field
1
2 Braided channels documentary voice
13
3 Cinematic scenes of life
33
4 New waves of documentary
59
5 Australian television takes on independent documentary
85
6 Documentary and the Film Finance Corporation
109
the Australian Film Commission Film Australia and documentary in the era of the Film Finance Corporation
133
8 Australian broadcasting cultures and documentary practice since the late 1980s
159
9 Documentary and the edge of reality
183
10 Documentary and civics
209
11 Documentary present and future
231
References
245
Index
273
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About the author (2011)

Trish FitzSimons is Associate Professor, Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Pat Laughren is Associate Professor, Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Dugald Williamson is Associate Professor, School of Arts, University of New England, New South Wales.

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