Givers, takers, framers : the ethics of auto/biographical documentary

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Bilbrough, Paola (2015) Givers, takers, framers : the ethics of auto/biographical documentary. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The tensions between ethical practice and aesthetic freedom in documentary film are particularly magnified in auto/biographical films that involve representations of family members or participants from a different cultural background to the artist, both contexts that demand a greater awareness of self and other. In this doctoral thesis I use 'auto/biographical' in its most expansive sense to signify the blurring of autobiographical stories with biographical material - the impossibility of telling the self's story without implicating others and vice-versa. Also accompanying this thesis is a booklet of poems, titles "Porous", which is held in the Victoria University Library. The related URL links to the catalogue entry for this booklet.

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The official URL links to the 4 videos associated with this thesis: Separate 4, A view of the boats 5C, Going with the wind 6, and Willing Exile 8.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Keywords documentary films, short films, filmmakers, filmmaking, creative process, reciprocity with the participants, audience, transparency, identity, representation, ethics, relationships, autobiography, autobiographies, biography, biographies, poetry, documentary-poems, parenting, parents, artists, Sudanese-Australians, memory, imagination, Australia, porous
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