As part of the “Media Messages Matter” multiplex session during the Cape Town Congress in 2010, Nick Pollard outlined the approach used by Damaris Trust in working closely with the mainstream film industry in order to produce outreach resources.
These question are based on those in Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema (Damaris, 2007). They are intended to help you organise your thinking as you watch a film. As well as helping you in your own thinking about movies, these questions also provide a useful framework for group discussions.
Documentary film-making has seen a very significant resurgence in the last few years. Some of the questions to ask when watching feature films apply just as much to watching documentaries. But there are a number of specific things to consider in relation to documentaries. These questions will help you, and they’re ideal to use in a group discussion.