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Cinema and authenticity: anxieties in the making of historical film

Lees, D. ORCID: (2016) Cinema and authenticity: anxieties in the making of historical film. Journal of Media Practice, 17 (2-3). pp. 199-212. ISSN 2574-1144

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14682753.2016.1248190


The practice of representing history on film brings the filmmaker into collision with a cluster of concerns around the authentic. While recent articles have considered the historical documentary and historical dramatisation, I seek to extend the debate into narrative fiction film set in historical periods. In this article, I discuss conflicting conceptions of authenticity. Through my own practice-as-research, I examine the decision-making within the preproduction of a historical drama (my short film, The Burning,2016) in order to demonstrate the ways in which contradictory concepts of authenticity can coexist within a historical film project.

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ID Code:108128
Uncontrolled Keywords:authenticity; historical film; costume drama; verisimilitude; practice research; film practice

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