Digital Transmedia Forms and Transnational Documentary Networks

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This chapter seeks a better articulation of the concerns that arise for Australian documentary studies from the shift to a discourse of transnational film studies in relation to this shift in topics for Australian documentaries. It also considers the ways in which these documentaries have appeared in the digital era. While it is important to acknowledge how the scholarly discourse has shifted, it is equally important to understand this phenomenon in relation to the substantial changes that have occurred in what is euphemistically termed the Australian film industry. In order to undertake this articulation, it is important to recognise how documentary film in this country has been understood as part of a national cinema and to trace the international characteristics of Australian documentary. The chapter also examines the discourse of what the author calls a transnational documentary network as it operates in Australia, focusing on Steve Thomas and Lisa Horler's Freedom Stories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Australian Cinema
EditorsFelicity Collins, Jane Landman, Susan Bye
Place of PublicationHoboken, New Jersey
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781118942529
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameWiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinema
PublisherWiley Blackwell


  • Australian cinema history
  • Documentary film
  • digital transmedia
  • Transnational

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