Boundary Riding: Notes on the Australian Documentary Field
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The audiovisual documentary has long held a privileged place in the classroom, largely because of its capacity to enrich the curriculum by artfully and credibly introducing relevant content, information, attitudes and themes. It has been less common for the documentary itself to be an object of study. But this may be precisely what is required as audiences encounter factual entertainments that challenge the form's claims on truth and the trust of its audience. Accordingly,this paper outlines the methods of definition that have been used in the past and offers a toolkit of critical approaches and resources to help audiences to negotiate the shifting documentary field in Australia and beyond.
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Film and Television