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  Documentary in a Changing State: Edited by Carol MacKeogh and Díóg O'Connell
Documentary in a Changing State: Edited by Carol MacKeogh and Díóg O'Connell


 
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Authors: Edited by Carol MacKeogh and Díóg O'Connell
Affiliation: Department of Humanities, Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Publication Year: Hardback February 2012
Pages: 194
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184912
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This timely collection of essays, Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland since the 1990s, examines the role of Irish documentary in film and television as Ireland experienced dramatic shifts in its social and political make-up in recent decades. Bringing together a diverse range of perspectives, this book tells it from the standpoint of the documentary-maker, the academic and the policy-maker. It reveals the role of documentary in telling stories that challenge the hierarchies of church and state, at the same time reflecting and representing the change brought about as a result in shifts to the political and social landscape.

Documentaries discussed in this collection include the work of independents such as Alan Gilsenan, Louis Lentin, Mary Raftery, Donald Taylor Black and Ken Wardrop alongside television series including Would You Believe and Prime Time Investigates. Post-conflict and multi cultural Ireland is explored through the reflective practice of academics working in the medium of documentary. The impact of cultural policy and technological change to the landscape of documentary is considered through an examination of the output of TG4, changes to the commissioning process and the effects of digital media. This book looks back over the last two decades through the prism of documentary to get a snap shot of the dramatic shifts and upheavals in Irish society, socially, culturally and politically.



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Documentary in a Changing State July 10, 2014
Reviewer: Paul Tierney, The Irish Social Worker from Ireland  
The book looks back at Ireland over the last twenty years and highlights some of the defining events in our social history in which documentaries have helped us to hold a collective mirror to ourselves. It is a powerful collection of articles that indicates a deepening awareness among film makers of the importance of critical reflection for us all as a society and willingness to courageously ask questions and carefully scrutinise emerging and often uncomfortable issues.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM has the power to give us a new vo February 20, 2012
Reviewer: Joanne Hunt Irish Times from Republic of Ireland  
DOCUMENTARY FILM has the power to give us a new voice  actor Stephen Rea told those attending a book launch in Dublin last night.    Rea was speaking at the launch of Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland since the 1990s   a book charting two decades of documentary making in Ireland.    Dedicated to the late Mary Raftery  who made influential documentaries such as States of Fear  the book by Carol MacKeogh and D  g O Connell of D n Laoghaire Institute of Art  Design and Technology gives an insight into the working life of Ireland s independent documentary makers.    Featuring interviews with documentary makers Alan Gilsenan  Louis Lentin  Donald Taylor Black and Ken Wardrop  the book also looks at the documentary series Prime Time Investigates and Would You Believe.    Addressing the audience at the United Arts Club  which included members of Ms Raftery s family  Rea said   at a time when our political discourse has become so debased  this is a book we need . . . we need a voice that s outside the political system but reflects our stories .    DCU professor of communications Farrel Corcoran said documentary had the power to  set the agenda for political debate .

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This book gives a fascinating insight into the wor December 16, 2011
Reviewer: Miriam O Callaghan RT Broadcaster from Republic of Ireland  
This book gives a fascinating insight into the working life of documentary makers   it captures the passion that drives them  the commitment they make to their craft  and the issues they tackle in defining what constitutes documentary   indeed  what constitutes good documentary.  This book will be read avidly not just by those in the business of creating and producing documentary but by a wide public who have learnt so much about their own society and culture through cutting edge documentaries.

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