Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland since the 1990s, edited by Carol MacKeogh and Díóg O'Connell and published by Cork University Press was launched by Professor Farrel Corcoran and the actor Stephen Rea at the United Arts Club in Dublin on 16th February 2012.
It is a timely collection of essays which examines the role of Irish documentary in film and television as Ireland experienced dramatic shifts in its social and political make-up in recent decades. Bringing together a diverse range of perspectives, this book tells it from the standpoint of the documentary-maker, the academic and the policy-maker. It reveals the role of documentary in telling stories that challenge the hierarchies of church and state, at the same time reflecting and representing the change brought about as a result in shifts to the political and social landscape.
Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland since the 1990s includes a transcript of an interview with the late Mary Raftery. This book looks back over the last two decades through the prism of documentary to get a snap shot of the dramatic shifts and upheavals in Irish society, socially, culturally and politically.
This book gives a fascinating insight into the working life of documentary makers - it captures the passion that drives them, the commitment they make to their craft, and the issues they tackle in defining what constitutes documentary – indeed, what constitutes good documentary. This book will be read avidly not just by those in the business of creating and producing documentary but by a wide public who have learnt so much about their own society and culture through cutting-edge documentaries, Miriam O’Callaghan, RTÉ Broadcaster.
ISBN 978-185918-491-2, €39, £35, Hardback, 234 x 156mm, 194pp : www.corkuniversitypress.com
Carol MacKeogh and Díóg O'Connell work in the Department of Humanities, Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.