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Alternatives in Documentary Film: An Australian Focus (6 points)


Leader: Deane Williams

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will investigate a range of key issues in documentary and non-fiction film production from the inception of cinema to the present day, with a major focus on Australian documentary. Australian films examined include feminist films, television documentaries, deconstructive 'essay' films, documentary-fiction mix experiments, ethnographic films and films made collectively by minority groups. The theoretical and practical issues discussed in relation to the Australian films will provide a framework for the examination of a number of important phases in the historical development of documentary.

Assessment: Visual test (1.5 hours): 40% + Essay (3000 words): 60%

Contact Hours: 4 hours (2 hour screeing, one hour lecture and one hour tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: One unit at first-year level in Visual Culture

Prohibitions: VSA3710

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