IS FACT-BASED DRAMA A VALID GENRE?
By Stuart, May 10 2016 10:50PM
If the writer and production team are scrupulous in staying as close to the sources and facts, then I feel that yes, it is. The argument that documentary is somehow more “pure” has no validity, at least in absolute terms, because (as I know from being a documentarian) the film-maker’s selectivity and subjective eye are no more or less “true” than the responsible dramatist’s in fact-based dramatisations. The way you intercut interviews or testimony can actually play much more freely with concepts of truth than, say, the way an actor plays dialogue that has been sourced and cross-checked by executives and lawyers for its veracity. Whoever makes a fact-based drama or documentary must remain as truthful and methodical as they can, which is something I ask myself about every scene and line I write.