From the actual to the real : left wing documentary film in Australia

MacLennan, Gary (2000) From the actual to the real : left wing documentary film in Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

This thesis constructs and develops a critique of the tradition of left wing documentary film in Australia. The critique is from the perspective of the Critical Realist paradigm developed by Roy Bhaskar and others. The thesis is both an attempt to critique a tradition and to provide a new basis for documentary theory and criticism. On the theoretical level the thesis engages the work of the leading documentary film theorists including Noel Carroll, Bill Nichols, Paula Rabinowitz, Michael Renov and Trinh T. Minh-ha. These theorists take up positions, which range from New Realist to Poststructuralist. It is the contention of this thesis that, because they lack a notion of a stratified ontology, they are unable to sustain either a critique of or a coherent account of documentary practice. The definition of left wing that underpins the selection of the films is a narrow one, namely, coming from or influenced by the Marxist tradtion. The criticism of the films begins with Joris Ivens Indonesia Calling (1946) and concludes with Tom Zubrycki's Billal (l996).

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ID Code: 35923
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Cunningham, Stuart & Lindgard, Bob
Additional Information: Presented to the Centre for Media Policy and Practice, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Documentary films Australia, documentary film, film theory, working class, critical realism, Bhaskar, dialectics, Marxism, thesis, doctoral
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Gary MacLennan
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 04:08

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