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[Commlist] new book: Memory, Place and Autobiography: Experiments in Documentary Filmmaking

Tue Feb 05 17:12:20 GMT 2019

/Memory, Place and Autobiography: Experiments in Documentary Filmmaking /has just been published by Cambridge Scholars.

The 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.

“Tracing her own trajectory over the years, from the emergence of the independent sector in the 1970s to the age of digital video, Jill Daniels tells a story at once personal, social and artistic. [It is a] fascinating account of what it means to be an independent experimental documentarist.”

*Michael Chanan*

*/Documentary film-maker, music critic, and author; Professor of Film and Video, Roehampton University, UK/*


“What is extraordinary about Daniels’ film work is the way she explores her themes – of memory, place, trauma, loss and survival – with almost forensic precision, but at the same time with a sense of personal closeness and connection that draws us in and makes her films memorable years after viewing them. Like other great ground-breaking documentarists-Chris Marker, Wim Wenders, Joshua Oppenheimer – she brings an artist’s luminous quality to her critical writing, leading us through observed, enacted and imagined scenarios to forge a radical understanding of new directions in the authored documentary. Her politics and her feminism inform this analysis, providing vital insights to those working in media, culture and the arts”.

*Sue Clayton*

*/Film director; Professor of Film and Television, Goldsmiths University of London/**//*

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