An interactive documentary is a documentary in which the
majority of the time the filmmaker is involved and on screen.
Interactive documentaries are often a personal to the
filmmaker/director themselves, which explains the reasoning of
why they are on screen in the majority of interactive
documentaries. A perfect example of this is the film
‘Religulous’ which involves the director himself Bill Maher
traveling to find out about and take on the current state of world
The genre of an expository documentary is a very factual style and
mainly used for history or nature documentaries. These
documentaries are uses evidence and information to prove
something or educate and inform the viewer on the subject matter
with help from a narrator giving details to explain and teach as
such. The documentary TV series ‘Planet Earth’ does this very well
as, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, it gives information and
hard evident facts about the global overview of different habitats on
An observational documentary where the film
will follow and observe a person, event, or
even a group of people and what they do.
With no narration the story of the
documentary is told through the visuals that
the audience is observing. ‘Anywhere But
Home’ is a documentary that follows the
band Evanescence as they show their life
whilst on tour.
This is a documentary that is meant to make the viewers
footage of events the majority of performative
documentaries are structured as a drama. Having
interviews with people from the event and experts helps to
give the sense of drama through out as the audience is
hearing it from the people who have experienced it first
hand. A great example of this is the documentary
‘Touching The Void’. A film about mountain climbers
conquering the west face of Siula Grande with interviews of the climbers talking
about the events that have happened and deadly risks they had to face.
With a very simple structure, the essayistic genre is a documentary that is set out like an essay as if someone is explaining rather than showing the audience. Formed from personal events and opinions on a chosen subject the documentary, however still including the facts f the matter, is there more to educate rather for the sake of filming. An example of this style of genre is the Channel4 TV series ‘The Story Of Film: An Odyssey ’. This shows director Mark Cousins going through the history of film with facts, and his own opinions on the matter and personal events that have happened to him.