Making the past present: Peter Watkins' Culloden

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Book abstract: Originally released in 1998, Documenting the Documentary responded to a scholarly landscape in which documentary film was largely understudied and undervalued aesthetically, and analyzed instead through issues of ethics, politics, and film technology. Editors Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski addressed this gap by presenting a useful survey of the artistic and persuasive aspects of documentary film from a range of critical viewpoints. This new edition of Documenting the Documentary adds five new essays on more recent films in addition to the text of the first edition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDocumenting the Documentary
Subtitle of host publicationClose Readings of Documentary Film and Video
EditorsB.K. Grant, J. Sloniowski
PublisherWayne State University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780814339725
ISBN (Print)9780814339718
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Scottish history
  • Peter Watkins

Cite this

Cook, J. (2014). Making the past present: Peter Watkins' Culloden. In B. K. Grant, & J. Sloniowski (Eds.), Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video (2 ed., pp. 217-236). Wayne State University Press.