Section B FM4 Questions

Section A FM4 Questions

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Spectatorship and Documentary
Your answer should be based on a minimum of two films.
June 2012
11. Grierson defined documentary as the `creative treatment of actuality'. What are some of the
key issues raised by this definition for spectators of documentary? [35]
12. `A common experience for the spectator when watching a documentary is to be manipulated
by the filmmakers.' How far do you agree with this statement? [35]
Jan 2012
11. `Relatively few documentaries are seen on cinema screens most are seen on small screens
in private rather than public spaces.' How far do viewing contexts influence the spectator's
response to documentary film? [35]
12. To what extent can it be said that spectators approach documentary films with greater critical
awareness than when they watch fiction films? [35]
June 2011
11. With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, how far can it be said that different
kinds of documentaries offer different kinds of spectator experiences? [35]
12. `Documentaries should never be trusted.' How important to the spectator is the sense that
they should trust the documentary filmmaker? Refer to the films you have studied for this
topic. [35]
Jan 2011
11. How far is it preferable as a spectator to be presented with a documentary that offers a very
definite point of view towards its subject? Refer to the films you have studied for this topic.
[35]
12. `For the spectator, the viewing of documentary films is really no different from that of viewing
fiction films.'With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, how far do you agree with this
view? [35]
June 2010
11. `Watching real people and real events in documentaries creates a very particular relationship
between the spectator and the screen.' How far has this been your experience of the films you
have studied for this topic? [35]
12. `The best documentaries are the ones that make their point of view clear.' How far do you
agree? [35]

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