Green Documentary

Environmental Documentary in the 21st Century

Helen Hughes

Green Documentary

Helen Hughes

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

182 pages | 60 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9781783201839 Published July 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
During the first decade of the twenty-first century, a stunning array of documentary films focusing on environmental issues, representing the world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, has been met with critical and popular acclaim. This cohesive and accessible volume is the first book-length study of environmental documentary filmmaking, offering a coherent analysis of controversial and high-profile documentary films such as Gasland, An Inconvenient Truth, Manufactured Landscapes, and The Cove. With analysis that includes the wider context of environmental documentary filmmaking, such as Modern Life and Sleep Furiously, about local rural communities in Britain and Europe, Green Documentary also contributes to the ongoing debate on representing the crisis.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Contemplation, Irony, Argument

Chapter 2: The Institutional Context

Chapter 3: The Contemplative Response

Chapter 4: The Ironic Response

Chapter 5: The Argumentative Response

Chapter 6: The Material Response

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Review Quotes
Senses of Cinema
"In this clearly written and structured work, Helen Hughes offers us the first book-length survey of the eco-conscious documentaries that crammed theatres in the first decade of the new millennium. . . . A valuable contribution to the field of ecocriticism. . . . Hughes manages to balance history, theory, and close frame-to-frame reading with a light touch, underscoring nonfiction cinema’s ongoing importance in helping us negotiate the dynamic conditions surrounding us."
Film & History
"[Hughes's] theoretical discussion focuses on what she calls the 'toxic materiality' of the ecological documentary: its involvement—through its dependence on technology, chemistry, minerals, fossil fuels, and so forth—in the very thing that it critiques. . . . [A] compelling book."
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Green Documentary offers a robust introduction to the evolving subfield of ecomedia and documentary cinema’s place within it.”
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