Documentaries and Current Affairs

  • Jeremy Potter


As defined by John Grierson, its founding father, the documentary is ‘the creative treatment of actuality’.


Khmer Rouge Regional Company Factual Programme Party Secretary Current Affair 
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    John Grierson, quoted in IBA Paper 312(79).Google Scholar
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    GAC Paper 4(76).Google Scholar
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    IBA Paper 312(79).Google Scholar
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    See Volume 3, pp. 121–2.Google Scholar
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    See Volume 3, pp. 119–20.Google Scholar
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    David Plowright, quoted in World in Action: The First Twenty-One Years, p. 15.Google Scholar
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    See Volume 2, pp. 294–307, and Volume 3, pp. 112–23.Google Scholar
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    Letters to and from Chairman of IBA dated 8 and 14 October 1974, IBA File 5024.Google Scholar
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    Sir Geoffrey Cox, See It Happen: The Making of ITN (The Bodley Head, 1983) p. 222–3. End quotation from E. R. Thompson, Address to IBI, Rome 1969.Google Scholar
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    See also Chapter 5.Google Scholar
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    ITA Annual Report and Accounts 1959–60, p. 13.Google Scholar
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    Lord Dacre in the Daily Mail.Google Scholar
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    Quoted in Independent Broadcasting 9, September 1976, p. 11.Google Scholar

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