Introduction: The Bricolage of Documentary and Disability

  • Catalin Brylla
  • Helen Hughes


This is an edited collection of essays exploring the intersection between documentary film and disability studies. It is intended to fill a gap in both disciplines: on the one hand, documentary studies need to discuss contemporary portrayals of disability, practices of disabled filmmakers and industry policies that determine access, inclusion and representation; on the other hand, disability studies need to adopt more explicit methodologies that explore film texts, authorship and spectatorship in order to assess the current situation of disability in the television and independent documentary sector. On a more social level, the purpose of this volume is to address the medial construction of disability and reduce ‘otherness’ as a phenomenon of cultural stigmatisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Film, Media and DesignUniversity of West LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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