Authenticity and realism in documentary sound

Leo Murray

While we expect a dramatic feature film to use creative license in bringing the sound-track to life, does the same carte blanche approach apply for documentary? Does it, and should it, matter? This article highlights some of the problems and questions relating to the notions of realism and authenticity in the production of the documentary soundtrack. The production of the documentary film "Gallipoli Submarine" is used as a case study to examine the implications for practice.

Journal The Soundtrack
Year 2010
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 131-137

Murray, Leo (2010) Authenticity and realism in documentary sound. In: The Soundtrack, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 131-137. Available at


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