Digital storytelling as 'national cinema'?

McWilliam, Kelly (2016) Digital storytelling as 'national cinema'? Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 30 (6). pp. 706-713. ISSN 1030-4312


Digital storytelling is a co-creative media practice developed in California in the early 1990s in which‘ordinary’people are taught to create short, usually autobiographical ‘digital stories’. This article focuses on arguably the most famous digital storytelling project – the BBC’s ‘Capture Wales’ programme – to argue that not only are these digital stories, which are produced in workshop settings by non-professionals and exhibited primarily on the Internet in digital archives, ‘cinema’ but, moreover, that they collectively constitute a kind of ‘national cinema’. Crofts has, for example, argued that ‘[l] ocal cultural traditions and their articulation through lm’ have ‘underpinned the best-known’ national cinema ‘movements’, which have tended to emerge at ‘historical moments when nationalism connects with genuinely populist movements to produce speci cally national lms that can claim a cultural authenticity or rootedness’ (4). This is the reading of Capture Wales – as, in fact, a co-creative national cinema – that this article o ers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 06:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 06:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital storytelling, Capture Wales, national cinema, co-creative media
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2016.1231788

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