Lives are led: autobiographical film and the new documentary

Hookham, John Henry (2004) Lives are led: autobiographical film and the new documentary. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis consists of two parts: an autobiographical documentary film and a written exegesis. The film, My Lovers Both, is a record of two journeys back to my native South Africa wherein I confront aspects of my past. These two trips offer a means to explore a personal history around the experiences of immigration, displacement and exile.

In the exegesis, I argue that autobiography is changing and rather than offering catalogues of public achievement, contemporary personal histories deal with sites of trauma and challenge dominant narratives of official memory. Likewise, the New Documentary is embracing fictional strategies and moving towards increased subjectivity and introspection. As a consequence, new forms are created that generate novel insights into causality and time.

The exegesis goes on to examine the major influences on my work as a filmmaker and then articulates a reflective analysis of the creative process which produced My Lovers Both.

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ID Code: 16170
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Haseman, Bradley
Keywords: autobiographical film, documentary, South Africa, exile, immigration, autobiography, memoir, apartheid
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Department: Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright John Henry Hookham
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:57
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:44

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