Virtual historical reality: verisimilitude and the history documentary

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Beattie, Debra and Maddock, Daniel Owen. 2016. "Virtual historical reality: verisimilitude and the history documentary." Kerrigan, Susan, Dooley, Kath and Frankham, Bettina (ed.) ASPERA Annual Conference 2016: Screen Production Research: The Big Questions. Canberra, Australia 05 - 07 Jul 2016 Australia.
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Virtual historical reality: verisimilitude and the history documentary

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsBeattie, Debra (Author) and Maddock, Daniel Owen (Author)
EditorsKerrigan, Susan, Dooley, Kath and Frankham, Bettina
Journal or Proceedings TitleRefereed Proceedings: Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association
ERA Conference ID60154
Number of Pages14
Year2016
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9780994336538
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aspera.org.au/research/annual-conference-refereed-proceedings-2016virtual-historical-reality-verisimilitude-and-the-history-documentary/
Conference/EventASPERA Annual Conference 2016: Screen Production Research: The Big Questions
Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA) Conference
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ASPERA Annual Conference 2016: Screen Production Research: The Big Questions
Event Date
05 to end of 07 Jul 2016
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Event Details
Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA) Conference
ASPERA
Abstract

There are two ways to conceive of the cinema of the Real: the first is to pretend that you can present reality to be seen; the second is to pose the problem of reality.
(Morin, quoted in Lee-Wright 2010)

The close relationship between film form (the style of a film and how it is made) and film content (the script or narrative) has been long discussed in reference to truth and authenticity, especially in documentary film production. The argument Edgar Morin presents suggests documentary modes such as cinéma vérité (literally ‘truth cinema’ in French) are perhaps idyllic constructs for a medium in which the very nature of itself is a lie; a presentation of still pictures as believable motion. The Méliès brothers present a divergent view from early cinema. One creating the earliest special-effects films, the other seeking to represent the truth in his documentaries made throughout the South Pacific.

This paper discusses the confluence of documentary, recreation and modern technologies in filmmaking, such as computer generated imagery, in order to seek authenticity for the production of The Art Lovers (Debra Beattie, in production 2016/17) a docudrama concerning the life of sculptor Daphne Mayo. A conceptual framework is explored, drawing on historical precedent and most recent industry practice in order to discover a methodological approach to the modern historical documentary.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360501. Cinema studies
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research
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