Archival footage and storytelling in 'The trouble with Merle'

Maree Delofski

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This presentation is an account of my approach to visualising and structuring some elements of the research underpinning my recent television documentary film The Trouble with Merle (2002) about Merle Oberon, the Hollywood star of the 1930s and 40s. The film unpicks the competing stories and claims made by different groups for Oberon’s ethnicity and nationality: that she was either born in India of Anglo-Indian ancestry or that she was Tasmanian-born of Chinese ancestry. In the process of uncovering these stories, the film reflects on celebrity and memory and the way in which racism can shape a life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Moving image as biography
Subtitle of host publication2004 Summer Film Symposium
Place of PublicationBucksport, ME
PublisherNortheast Historic Film
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventSummer Film Symposium - Maine, USA
Duration: 30 Jul 200431 Jul 2004


ConferenceSummer Film Symposium
CityMaine, USA

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