ApproximationDocumentary, History and Staging Reality

Sections

These are my main research areas, although they are constantly evolving and in a state of flux – like all good approximations should be.

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Numerous feature films and made for television movies exist from numerous genres and countries that feature directly the events of 11 September 2001, such as Olive Stone’s World Trade Center (2006), 9/11 (Hanlon, Klug et al, 2002), 9/11: The Twin Towers (Dale, 2006). My focus is on films that offer more oblique and tangential imaginative responses to the terrorist attacks, such as James Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire, which recounts Philippe Petit’s successful attempt in 1974 to tightrope walk between the twin towers while they were still under construction.

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Here, my aim is to reverse the normative relationship between pivotal historical moments and drama, by looking at ways in which even the ‘big’ events of history can materialise in dramas as ‘incidental’.

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This analysis of approximation draws together a wide range of contemporary art (painting, video installation, film, opera, music) that uses and is indebted to non-fiction film, documents and history.

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