FEATURE | Thin Blue Lines and Beyond Edges: How the ‘dramatic reconstruction’ changed documentaries forever

‘Beyond The Edge is a tale of insurmountable odds. As a documentary recounting the 1953 expedition to the tip of Mount Everest, which saw Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach its summit, it takes quotes collected from the years since the journey and blends them with dramatic reconstructions of key points in their story. Reenactment has almost become an artform in its own right within the documentary format; in showing us something constructed as artifice, we’re given a rare chance to glean the truth. But it’s not as old as you’d think. So where did the trend originate from? How has it impacted how we make and – more importantly – watch documentaries?’

Check out my feature on Beyond the Edge at HeyUGuys (click quote above or image below).


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Freelance film critic.


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