IAG 2019: Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with Australian Film-Maker Molly Reynolds

Tuesday July 9, 2019, 10am – 4pm
at The University of Tasmania, Hobart

Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Annual Conference

The Cultural Geography Study Group is excited to be organising a pre-conference workshop on documentary-making at the 2019 IAG in Hobart, to be run by distinguished Australian film-maker Molly Reynolds.

Molly is a film-maker and cross-platform storyteller, whose documentaries (including Another Country, Twelve Canoes) have played at leading film festivals around the world. Molly has worked and filmed extensively with the Yolngu people of Ramingining in the Northern Territory, producing a suite of award-winning documentary films and other screen-based media on changing life in the region.

The workshop aims to have a practical focus, for geographers interested in incorporating documentary productions and techniques in their research. The event is targeted towards those curious about video and documentary, but perhaps not yet sure if it’s for them, or how to get started. There will be plenty of time for casual discussion and, as always, our pre-conference workshops are a particularly great chance for new graduate students to meet some friendly faces before the conference begins. There will also be more than enough time to stroll from the event to the conference’s opening plenary at 5pm.

The workshop is generously supported by the Institute of Australian Geographers; it is free of charge and open to geographers from all subdisciplines. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend. RSVP is open until the event – please just let Vickie Zhang <vzhang@student.unimelb.edu.au> know that you would like to attend.


Workshop program

The day will be presented in three parts, with breaks in between to discuss ideas and mingle.

Date: Tuesday 9 July, 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Social Sciences Room 210, The University of Tasmania, Hobart

SESSION 1: Technical. I Want to Make a Documentary: How?

10.00 – 11.30am – This session is a wide-ranging discussion on how to get started. It will include ways to craft an idea into a strong concept, considerations for sound and camera in the field, choosing post-production pathways, working with talent, finding an audience, containing costs and general rules of engagement.

SESSION 2: Affective. Defining Moments in Documentary

12.00 – 1.30pm – An eclectic collection of shots and scenes that speak to the influences on and potency of the documentary form will be screened and discussed. What makes these images powerful and, in turn, resonate with audience? Philosophical topics such as at what point does the observer become the participant will be mooted.

SESSION 3: Institutional. Navigating engagement, impact and expectations

2.30 – 4.00pm – A discussion with geographers who have been bold enough to make a documentary. We will explore the intersection between academic praxis and film-making, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of incorporating documentary in practice. Participants will share experiences working across collaborations and within institutional expectations, with the aim of strategising to generate greater possibilities for non-traditional research production. 

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