Documentary: The Real Returns

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for MEDIA 704.


In this course, we will examine some of the major documentaries to emerge since film began, from the actualities of the Lumière’s in the 1890s to the ‘true crime’ documentaries proliferating on Netflix and our streaming services today. The class will engage with a range of theories that reflect on genre’s definitions and its relation to “reality”.

There are usually two documentaries assigned for screening each week.

At the commencement of each class, I will ask students to make connections between the week’s reading and screening/s as it is essential that both activities are carried out.

Note: A number of the documentaries contain disturbing material, so be prepared. 

Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023


Coordinator(s) Professor Annie Goldson


MEDIA 704: 30 points