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Film, Television & Media: Documentary – The Creative Treatment of Actuality? University Tutorial With Dr Jamie Medhurst from Aberystwyth University

January 18 @ 15:05 - 15:50


In this live interactive Film, Television & Media tutorial entitled Documentary: The Creative Treatment of Actuality?, we will be joined by Dr Jamie Medhurst, Reader in Film, Television and Media at Aberystwyth University who will explore Documentary Form.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided by Aberystwyth in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers insights into the key academic research and debate related to this fascinating topic. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

John Grierson, the founder of the British Documentary Movement of the 1930s, once described documentary film as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’.

In this talk and in the discussion on 18th January, we will ‘unpick’ that statement and will consider various types or modes of documentary, asking whether digital techniques have altered contemporary documentary as a form in any way.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

The Headliner recording is below.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Jamie Medhurst is Reader in Film, Television and Media at Aberystwyth University. He teaches and researches on broadcasting history, media policy, and documentary film history. His book on The Early Years of Television and the BBC will be published next Spring.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Film, Television, Media and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues/questions.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



January 18
15:05 - 15:50
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