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Ten Years of Studies in Documentary Film

Edited By Deane Williams Copyright 2019
    ISBN 9780367588007
    156 Pages
    Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge

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    This volume will be a ‘time capsule’ of the first 10 years of Studies in Documentary Film (2007–2016), tracing not only the development of the journal but also of documentary studies in the same period. Issues such as the rise of digital documentary forms and authorship, documentary activism, and the Chinese Independent documentary, as well as diverse political issues, will be raised in the introduction and evidenced in the articles. The chapters have been chosen for the various themes they raise in documentary studies but also the broader field of documentary scholarship (including publishing), and the rise of the internet as a powerful force in documentary studies.

    Introduction  1. ‘Testimony in the umbra of trauma: film and video portraits of survival’  2. The field of digital documentary: a challenge to documentary theorists  3. Two Laws still: notes on resonance  4. Documenting the political: some issues  5. Reassembling the nation: Iraq in Fragments and the acoustics of occupation  6. ‘Documentary Filmmaking in the Postmodern Age: Errol Morris & The Fog of Truth  7. Interactive documentary: setting the field  8. What is documentary mise-en-scène? Coutinho’s mannerism and Salles’s ‘mauvaise conscience’  9. The poetic mode as depiction: sense-value and Gideon Koppel’s sleep furiously  10. Personal camera as public intervention: remembering the Cultural Revolution in Chinese independent documentary films


    Deane Williams is Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He was editor of the refereed international journal Studies in Documentary Film; and author of The Cinema of Sean Penn: In and Out of Place (2015), editor of The Grierson Effect (with Zoë Druick, 2014), and editor of Australian Film Theory and Criticism (3 vols.) (with Noel King and Con Verevis, 2013–6).

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