A Radio d'auteur: the documentaire de creation of Kaye Mortley

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Virginia Madsen examines the radio work of Kaye Mortley from her earliest days in radio in Australia to her work with the renowned Atelier de Creation Radiophonique (Radio France Culture) connecting the histories of radio and film to delineate the project of documentary. Arguably, Mortley is one of radio’s few genuine auteurs, most notably of the documentary (in its broadest sense). She conjures worlds of great richness and subtlety: a “mise-en-ondes” as the French coined it (after mise-en-scene), captured by the microphone, written in the waves of sound.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScan: journal of media arts culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, Scan, Department of Media, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.


  • Mortley, Kaye
  • radio
  • ABC radio history
  • radio history
  • radio art
  • Australian radio
  • cultural radio programming
  • public broadcasting radio
  • documentary (radio and film)
  • experimental radio
  • French radio history


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