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Sound Dramaturgy for Poetic Documentaries

Stutterheim, Kerstin



Dramaturgy is just as relevant for documentaries as it is for feature films, if not more so. Dramaturgical knowledge can considerably support and facilitate the development, planning, and production of documentaries. This essay discusses the importance of the dramaturgical impact of sound design onto poetic / cinematic documentaries. Case studies get discussed by way of example, as The End of Time (Mettler, CN/CH 2012), The Island of the Hungry Ghosts (Bradly, D/UK/AU 2018), 'The Whale and the Raven' (Leuze, 2019, D/CN), Aquarela (Kossakovsky, UK/D/ DK/US 2018), and El sembrador de estrellas (The Sower of Stars) by Lois Patiño.


Stutterheim, K. (in press). Sound Dramaturgy for Poetic Documentaries. International Journal of Film and Media Arts,

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name Sound & Screen - CILECT Asia Conference
Conference Location NTU Singapore
Acceptance Date Aug 14, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 15, 2022
Journal International Journal of Film and Media Arts
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords dramaturgy; Poetic Documentary; Cinematic Documentary; Aquarela; The Whale and the Raven; The Island of the Hungry Ghosts; Sound Design
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