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Female Authorship and the Documentary ImageTheory, Practice and Aesthetics$
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Boel Ulfsdotter and Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419444

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.001.0001

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Women in the Director’s Chair: The ‘Female Gaze’ in Documentary Film

Women in the Director’s Chair: The ‘Female Gaze’ in Documentary Film

(p.9) 1. Women in the Director’s Chair: The ‘Female Gaze’ in Documentary Film
Female Authorship and the Documentary Image

Lisa French

Edinburgh University Press

This essay examines the concept of a ‘female gaze’ in documentary film with a specific consideration of the work, and viewpoints, of women directors. The question asked is whether a film as a creative artefact, as well as if the working opportunities within the film industry, are affected by the fact that the person making the film is biologically female. French concludes that it is indeed so, and that “part of this recognition is due to visible female aesthetic approaches, world, views, and treatments of subjects, themes, and the overall privileging of female subjectivity.”

Keywords:   Female gaze, women directors, female aesthetics, working opportunities, female subjectivity

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