New Nonfiction Film

New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetics, and Documentary Theory

by Dara Waldron

Dara Waldron is a Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland, with a particular focus on Lens-Based media (differing forms of moving image practices). He is the author of Cinema and Evil: Moral Complexities and the “Dangerous” Film (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
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  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-2249-5 (hardback)

    978-1-5013-2252-5 (epub)

    978-1-5013-2250-1 (epdf)

    978-1-5013-2251-8 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
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New Nonfiction Film
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New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetics and Documentary Theory is the first book to offer a lengthy examination of the relationship between fiction and documentary from the perspective of art and poetics. The premise of the book is to propose a new category of nonfiction film that is distinguished from – as opposed to being conflated with – the documentary film in its multiple historical guises; a premise explored in case-studies of films by distinguished artists and filmmakers (Abbas Kiarostami, Ben Rivers, Chantal Akerman, Ben Russell Pat Collins and Gideon Koppel). The book builds a case for this new category of film, calling it the ‘new nonfiction film,’ and argues, in the process, that this kind of film works to dismantle the old distinctions between fiction and documentary film and therefore the axioms of Film and Cinema Studies as a discipline of study.