Different ways of thinking about documentary practices for sensitive contexts

McGorrian, Tom (2021) Different ways of thinking about documentary practices for sensitive contexts. In: Storytelling and Oral History: The annual conference of the Oral History Network of Ireland, 18-19 June 2021, Maynooth University [held Online]. . [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

In the sensitive environment of a hospice, my central consideration was to represent individuals with dignity and with sensitivity to the place, time and experience. The purpose was to develop documentary practice in sensitive contexts and the aim to explore the capacity of documentary and oral history methodologies to guide documentary researchers navigating ethical concerns in interview with those of varying ages and experience, living out their final life-stage, and establish a means of addressing them.This research harnessed video production in the UK hospice sector as an ethnographic process and case study, contributing to the field guidelines on greater refinement in approaching and managing the capture of vulnerable people’s perspectives. The developed procedures involved three key aspects of the proposed collaborative framework for documentary film-making: maintaining authenticity; ensuring authentic confidentiality; and awaiting the unfolding of outcomes. In the production of the vignettes and short film as evidence, I considered how far the process of evidencing –recording and having on record such behaviours, attitudes and voices –might influence future practice. My contribution to knowledge is using collaborative documentary and oral history practices to incorporate vulnerable people’s perspectives. Through the film artefacts and written thesis, my contribution to knowledge is the extension of an ethical, collaborative methodology that can be used further to capture the experiences of diverse participants in sensitive environments. This has been achieved through establishing a supportive research framework in which the documentary filmmaker’s mediations are limited and participants themselves are prioritised across all stages of production.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 33460
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Depositing User: Tom Mcgorrian
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 10:52
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33460

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