In This Chapter
Analysing documentaries, including their ethical dilemmas
Considering the development of documentary film
Untangling the real from the unreal in documentaries
Documentary theorist Bill Nichols has claimed that, in a sense, all films are documentaries. Even the most fantastical fiction film provides information about the culture that produces it, as well as representing the actors and any physical locations used. With this thought in mind, he divides ‘documentaries’ into two categories: wish fulfilment (fiction films) and social representation (what people normally call documentaries).