Authorship, autobiography and the archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, television and documentary theory

Kerr, Paul (2015) Authorship, autobiography and the archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, television and documentary theory. VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture, 4 (8). pp. 67-79. ISSN 2213-0969 (doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2015.jethc094)

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Abstract

In 2004, documentary theorist Michael Renov described ‘the recent turn to filmic autobiography’ as ‘the defining trend of “post-verite” documentary practice...’ In 2008 Renov went further still, suggesting that ‘the very idea of autobiography challenges/reinvents the VERY IDEA of documentary.’ Archive based autobiographical filmmaking, meanwhile, is even more problematic for documentary theory. Indeed, a number of recent documentaries, because of their status somewhere in the spectrum between biography and autobiography, have prompted the construction of an entirely new conceptual category, deploying archival film, often in the form of home movies, to document the lives of their human subjects in Renov’s formulation ‘shared textual authority’. In this article I examine one of ‘my’ own archive based documentaries, ‘Marilyn on Marilyn’ (BBC2 2001), as a way of asking questions not just about biographical and autobiographical documentary but also - and perhaps more urgently - about attributions of authorship in archive-based documentary.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 20111
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Depositing User: Paul Kerr
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 17:31
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20111

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