Documentary films invites us to connect, to belong, and to learn. It is steeped in a history of artists, filmmakers and producers inventing new ways of sharing stories.Audiences are changing as people choose to watch media and engage with interactive content on their laptops, tablets and mobile devices. The web produces documentary material in wild profusion through video, audio, blogging, data. The challenge is to make sense of it: to understand how new ways of participation and collaboration online might influence editorial control, trust and authenticity. To explore how techniques of data mining might produce information that can to be turned into stories.

Our Future Documentary theme asked how can we hold on to what is great about documentary - its ability to elicit empathy, impart wisdom and inspire change - whilst exploring the new forms that are enabled by the internet, mobile phones and changing audience behaviours. The results, which explored everything from classical music performance to the most boring element in the periodic table, to interactive story telling and political activism and advocacy for marginalised communities, challenge our preconceptions about what documentary is and what it could be.

You can visit our archived Future Documentary microsite here


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