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Planning and documentary: A critical analysis - 1990-1994

Green, Charles Nicholas; (1995) Planning and documentary: A critical analysis - 1990-1994. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Since the publication of Audrey Lees' Enquiry into the Planning System of North Cornwall District in 1993, the planning profession's relationship with the media has received considerable attention. However the role played by the documentary in planning issues has not previously been explored. This thesis aims to provide an analysis of planning and documentary in the 1990s, providing a general overview of ten planning documentaries and looking in some detail at two. Cream Teas and Concrete (1991) and Car Crazy (1993). A brief history of the planning documentary is also included to provide a context for the analysis. The methodology of the research is to combine content analysis with interviews, from which the views of both film-makers and participants can be derived and placed in context. This thesis argues that planning documentary can be a potent catalyst in the process of bringing about change in the way in which planning issues are addressed. However, the most effective examples of planning documentary are those which adopt a subjective approach to their subjects, drawing on the potential for conflict and emphasising the human interest aspect of the issues. In adopting this approach, it is argued that the film will be provocative, and generate a response from viewers to which the planning profession can itself respond.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Planning and documentary: A critical analysis - 1990-1994
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099836
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