Braided Channels: A genealogy of the voice of documentary

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Title Braided Channels: A genealogy of the voice of documentary
Author Fitzsimons, Trish
Journal Name Studies in Documentary Film
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect
Abstract Voice is a concept that is a metaphoric proxy for authorship in a wide range of areas of human creativity. In the area of documentary filmmaking, Bill Nichols' conception of voice has been pre-eminent, dating from a 1983 essay 'The Voice of Documentary' that has been frequently republished since. This paper argues that Nichols' conception of documentary voice requires revision to take account of shifts in: the genres of documentary in relation to other cultural formations; the surrounding (cross) cultural politics; and the way that the concept of 'voice' appears when viewed from the perspective of a reflective practitioner rather than from that of a media studies theorist. The work develops a vocabulary of voice to account for the relationship between the documentary filmmaker and other categories, including subjects, audiences and broadcasters. In particular the category of 'choric voice' is developed, applying perspectives derived from a study of the classical Greek chorus to documentary.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sdf.3.2.131/1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Intellect Ltd . This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 3
Issue Number 2
Page from 131
Page to 146
ISSN 1750-3299
Date Accessioned 2010-03-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Queensland College of Art
Subject Film and Television
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30720
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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