AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

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

by Paola Bilbrough

Institution: Victoria University
Department: College of the Arts
Year: 2015
Keywords: 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media; College of Arts
Record ID: 1046518
Full text PDF: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/26229/


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 aubiographical stories with biographical material - the impossibility of telling the self's story without implicating others and vice-versa.