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Authenticity and realism in documentary sound

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Abstract:

While we expect a dramatic feature film to use creative license in bringing the sound-track to life, does the same carte blanche approach apply for documentary? Does it, and should it, matter? This article highlights some of the problems and questions relating to the notions of realism and authenticity in the production of the documentary soundtrack. The production of the documentary film Gallipoli Submarine is used as a case study to examine the implications for practice.

Keywords: authenticity; documentary; drama; realism; sound; television

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/st.3.2.131_1

Affiliations: Murdoch University, Australia.

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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  • The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary journal which brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media. A complex cultural, technological, industrial and artistic phenomenon, sound-with-moving image is a rich area for analysis, investigation and speculation. We encourage writing that is accessible to audiences from a diversity of intellectual backgrounds and disciplines as well as providing a forum for practitioners. The Soundtrack's aim is to nurture this new and expanding area of academic investigation in dialogue with soundtrack producers of all kinds.
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