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Watching the World

Thomas Austin


Screen documentary has experienced a marked rise in visibility and popularity in recent years. What are the reasons for the so-called ‘boom’ in documentaries at the cinema? How has television documentary met the challenge of new formats? And how do audiences engage with documentaries on screen? Watching the world extends the reach of documentary studies by investigating recent instances of screen documentary and the uses made of them by audiences. This book focuses on the interfaces between textual mechanisms, promotional tactics and audiences' viewing strategies. Key topics of inquiry are: fi ... More

Keywords: documentaries, cinema, textual mechanisms, promotional tactics, audiences, viewing strategies, Capturing the Friedmans, Etre et Avoir, Paradise Lost, Touching the Void

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076893
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Austin, author