All non-fiction films are authored, but the author – or the authorial attitude – is not always immediately visible. Discuss this proposition with reference to two long- form non-fiction films of your choosing. You should compare one film where the author is a visible and/or audible presence with one where the author (or the authorship) is not.
Note: By long- form, the examiners mean an hour slot as a minimum on (broadcast) television; a complete, self-contained interactive piece made for the web, or of course a full-length cinema feature or equivalent.
- Watch at least two non-fiction films or long-form programmes as specified above
- Analyse those films in line with either of the titles, paying close attention to the different emphasis in each title.
- Write a 3000 word essay exploring and discussing your findings.
- You are not required to summarise your chosen films beyond the degree required to aid the reader’s understanding of your argument. You can assume your examiners will know – or will be able to access – your choices.
- think about both theoretical and practical responses to the production of non- fiction.
- The word counts – 3000 words – include references (Harvard) but do not include your bibliography.
- You may use illustrations or screen grabs to assist your account as long as they are properly referenced.