Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Why documentaries matter"

In this recent article published in the Guardian, Nick Fraser, series editor of Storyville on BBC4 considers the future of documentary.

Fraser writes: "Will these documentaries – low budget, clever, appealing to small, passionate audiences – be adequately funded in the squeeze on television budgets? I'm starting to worry. I'd like to know how their independent spirit can be conserved and nurtured.

In the meantime, let me suggest a way in which we might start to think about documentaries. Of the current manifestations of contemporary culture, which would you choose to preserve? Thought of as an app, documentaries wouldn't make it. They have no real cultural recognition. They will always be seen as part of something else – film, television, journalism, even real life. But you would miss them if they went. My hunch is that you would miss them very much."

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