ApproximationDocumentary, History and Staging Reality

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Research of contemporary fact-based images that best illustrate the idea that history, like documentary, has never had a finite identity or set of meanings but is rather always in flux, always being recontextualised and redefined.

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Before The Staircase: Trials in Film and Television

In 1986 I started on my PhD at Bristol University, in the Department of Drama. After a term of indecision, I alighted upon a topic that was new and would enable me to pursue my unflaggingly multi-disciplinary interests: the political use of trials in film, theatre and television.

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Interstices

I recently took part in a fascinating, freewheeling discussion at Chapman University, California under the title ‘Interstices: the in-betweenness of ethics’.

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Orgreave

Following in the footsteps of British artist Jeremy Deller, who in 2001 returned to the site of Orgreave colliery to stage a full re-enactment of the 'battle' of Orgreave, as the violent clashes between miners and police on 18 June 1984 became known, I travelled to Orgreave to see what had become of it and how it had changed.

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