© 2018

Digital Media and Documentary

Antipodean Approaches

  • Adrian Miles


  • Brings together new research around interactive documentary theory and practice

  • A timely collection by an emerging group of scholar–practitioners dedicated to pushing the boundaries of documentary using new ideas and new technologies

  • Focuses on recent work by documentary scholar-practitioners who bring a frontier spirit of innovation to bring documentary into the digital landscape


About this book


This collection of essays by Australian based practitioner–theorists brings together new research on interactive documentary making. The chapters explore how documentary theory and practice is influenced by digitisation, mobile phones, and new internet platforms. The contributors highlight the questions raised for documentary makers and scholars as new production methods, narrative forms, and participation practices emerge. The book presents an introduction to documentary techniques shaped by new digital technologies, and will appeal to documentary scholars, students, and film-makers alike.


interactive documentary interactive filmmaking Antipodean digitisation digital methods digital media digital documentary mobile phones documentary production narrative forms new digital technology documentary techniques networked interactive video new media hypertext media digital video poetics documentary theory documentary practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrian Miles
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourne, VICAustralia

About the editors

Adrian Miles is Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He is co–director of the non/fictionLab, and Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching. He has published extensively on digital and networked video, and interactive documentary, and his research interests also include pedagogies for new media, digital video poetics, and experimental academic writing practices.

Bibliographic information


“This timely collection focuses in on how media making intersects with documentary scholarship through a distinctly antipodean perspective. As a ‘conversation between scholarly research, creative practice, documentary and networked time-based media’ it questions and challenges the predominance of narrative based approaches, providing a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on interactive documentary practices.” (Judith Aston, Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking and Creative Media, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Co-founder of i-Docs and co-editor of I-Docs: the Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary, 2017)