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Picture of Memory, Place and Autobiography

Memory, Place and Autobiography

Experiments in Documentary Filmmaking

Author(s): Jill Daniels

Book Description

There has been a significant growth in autobiographical documentary films in recent years. This innovative book proposes that the filmmaker in her dual role as maker and subject may act as a cultural guide in an exploration of the social world. It argues that, in the cinematic mediation of memory, the mimetic approach in the construction of documentary films may not be feasible, and memory may instead be evoked elliptically through hybrid strategies such as critical realism and fictional enactment. Recognizing that identity is formed by history and what ‘goes on’ in the world, the book charts the historical trajectory of the British independent filmmaking movement from the mid-1970s to the present growth of new online distribution outlets and new media through digital technologies and social media.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2135-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2135-4
Date of Publication: 01/02/2019
Pages / Size: 243 / A5
Price: £61.99


Jill Daniels is an internationally renowned filmmaker and scholar, and has made numerous documentary films, including Not Reconciled (2009), Next Year in Lerin (2010), The Border Crossing (2011), My Private Life (2014), and My Private Life II (2015). She has also won several international awards, including the Jury Award for Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Experimental Film Festival, USA, in 2017 for My Private Life II. She is co-editor of Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited (2013) and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Media Practice and Education. She teaches Film Practice and Theory at the University of East London.