Wednesday Evenings - 6.30pm to 9pm from the 1st of May 2018.

This course is targeted towards documentary practitioners who are either preparing, shooting or editing their documentary, scholars who want to analyse or write about documentaries, and people who are simply passionate about non-fiction films. Keeping the balance between the theory OF practice and the theory IN practice, each session will include discussions of how theoretical concepts relate to formal considerations in documentary filmmaking.

Course Tutor: Dr. Catalin Brylla, practice-led film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London (

The following topics are only indicative:

Session 1 

Documentary elements
Soviet montage and conceptual watching
The Poetic Documentary

Session 2 

Spatial and emotional impact of shot sizes
The immersive actuality of continuity
The Observational Documentary

Session 3

Character profiling through interviews
The function of cutaways
The Interactive Documentary
Participatory documentary formats

Session 4

Brecht and defamiliarising the audience
The Reflexive Documentary
The Hybrid Documentary

Session 5 

Memory, identity and rhetoric through the archive
The Expository Documentary
Narrative structure: story and plot
Narrative point-of-view and subjectivity



Documentary Storytelling

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 18:30
£150 / £140 for students / £130 for UCL students

14 Taviton Street

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