Seeing, feeling, knowing: a case study of audience perspectives on screen documentary

Austin, Thomas (2005) Seeing, feeling, knowing: a case study of audience perspectives on screen documentary. Participations, 2 (1). ISSN 1749-8716

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Abstract

Despite a blossoming of scholarly interest in screen documentary, audience perspectives remain significantly under-researched. This article is part of an attempt to redress such a neglect. It draws on a small study using questionnaires submitted by self-selected and largely middle-class cinemagoers who watched the French documentary Etre et Avoir. Key vectors of inquiry are: generic assumptions about documentary; issues of veracity and trust; distinctions between notions of the `authentic¿ and the inauthentic, the `sincere¿ and the contrived. In addition, the choice of film, cinema and, ultimately audience facilitates some insights into the cultural tastes and practices of the `professional middle class¿, including Francophilia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: To be replaced by single authored book: Watching the World: Screen Documentary Audiences (MUP) if published by Dec 2007 - Expected to be published by Dec 2007
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Thomas Austin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:48
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 11:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22296
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