In the age of reality television and instantaneous sharing of social media, why do documentary's truth claims, and modes of representing reality, continue to be so compelling? This unit introduces students to the history and poetics of documentary cinema, its codes of realism and its reality effects. It focuses in particular on transformations since the 1960s, including the impacts of new film technologies, television, new media, computerisation and the Internet.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd Blog (25%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1000wd Group Documentary Treatment (20%), 1x500wd Group Pitch (15%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Film StudiesProhibitions