Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema

Jonathan Murray (Editor), Nea Ehrlich (Editor)

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Drawn from Life is the first anthology to explore the field of animated documentaries from a diverse range of scholarly and practice-based perspectives. Drawn from Life introduces the rising and diverse range of filmmakers who use the animated image as a documentary tool. The book explores questions that preoccupy twenty-first-century film artists and audiences alike: Why use animation to document? Where within contemporary culture do we encounter animated documentary images, and why? How do such images reflect and influence our understanding and experience of ‘reality’? From early cinema to present-day scientific research, military uses, digital art and gaming, Drawn from Life casts new light on the capacity of the moving image to act as a record of the world around us, challenging the orthodox definitions of documentary cinema.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780748694112, 0748694110
StatePublished - 2019


  • Documentary films
  • Animation (Cinematography)


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