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vikiwalden | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Factual

There are many definitions for what Documentary is, but it is an incredibly ambiguous subject as you will discover. Documentary is NOT a GENRE. The best definition can be found in the Film Studies Dictionary

(Blandford, Keith-Grant & Hiller, 2001; 73)

Documentary is…

‘ANY film practice that has its subject persons, events or situations that exist outside the film in the real world, also referred to as NON-FICTION FILM. ‘

Examples of Factual Programming

Nature Programmes

David Attenborough
Blue Planet
Big Cat Diaries


Wife Swap
The Apprentice

Reality TV

Big Brother
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

News Programmes

ITV News
BBC News 24

Social Issues Documentaries

Super Size Me
Fahrenheit 9/11

Fly On The Wall Documentaries

ITV’s From Hell Series

People Documentaries

The Most Unromantic Man In The World

Celebrity, Music and Film Documentaries

Celebrity Video Diaries
Live Concerts
Breaking The Code - Da Vinci Code

Current Affairs Programmes

Tonight with Trevor McDonald

Historical and Geographic Programmes

Usually on BBC, History or National Geographic Channels
Ethnographic - exploring a culture
War Documentaries

Information, Education and Entertainment

Factual programming can really be further divided into these three categories.

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