DocHouse & the Frontline Club present Between the Lines Festival | Rich Mix Cinema | 1-3 March 2013
Documentary filmmaking has a history of crossing borders, breaking the existing rules and pushing the form. Telling ‘the truth’ through ‘fictionalising’ is no exception anymore. Re-constructing and inventing ‘reality’ to produce highly interpreted works is increasingly common and used to reveal issues through confrontation or humour. Besides familiar instruments such as re-enactment or animation, today’s technological opportunities trigger new forms of hybridisation. From user generated footage to the possibility of telling multi-platform stories, the documentary filmmaker’s toolbox has grown.
These, often radical, works raise some interesting and equally relevant questions. How far should a ‘creative interpretation’ of reality go when traditional access to an issue is not possible? Who verifies the construction of and authenticity of collected material? What does the audience believe they are seeing?
Between the Lines festival explored the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape.
Three days of powerful films and lively debate on the issues and opportunities raised by the internet, trans-media and merging documentary conventions. A partnership between DocHouse and the Frontline Club.