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Subject details

  • Topics
    • (Re)constructing Reality on the Screen: an historical overview
    • Truth & Fiction in non-fiction: definitions and debates
    • Documentary Modes & Trends: a question of genres
    • Re-staging Memories: the on ( and off) screen interview as evidence
    • Social Impact and Camera Activism
    • Missing History on screen: making absence visible
    • Historical Justice and Australian Memory Narratives
    • Ethics and Narrative
    • Narrative and Performance
    • Hybridism and non-liner forms
    • Big, Small and Multiple Screens
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify and apply critical awareness and understandings of non-fiction screen works
  2. analyse a range of documentary film texts, creative and cultural production approaches
  3. construct a documentary film research project
  4. critically reflect on own learning, communication and collaborative practice.
  • Assignment 1 - Tutorial Presentation (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Group Research Project (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Writing: Analytical Essay (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject examines the history, practices and narrative forms of non-fiction audio visual media texts with a specific focus on documentary film. Major historical and current trends in documentary and factual production are identified and critiqued; the impact of digital technologies in the development of hybridism and nonlinear forms blurring traditional distinctions between fiction/non-fiction texts are also studied in connection with current critical discourse and new models of distribution.

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