The Netflix documentary house style: Streaming TV and slow media

Binns, D 2018, 'The Netflix documentary house style: Streaming TV and slow media', Fusion Journal, no. 14, pp. 60-71.

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Title The Netflix documentary house style: Streaming TV and slow media
Author(s) Binns, D
Year 2018
Journal name Fusion Journal
Issue number 14
Start page 60
End page 71
Total pages 12
Publisher Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University
Abstract Streaming services have significantly changed the way that films and TV series are produced and received. The full effects of these changes have yet to be seen, but this article offers an inquiry and critical analysis of some of these changes as they pertain to stand-alone and serial documentaries produced by Netflix. This article contends that there is an emergent "house style" for Netflix original content, particularly documentary, that is in part dictated by platform constraints, but also by an adherence to the principles of Slow Media. To demonstrate, I observe a couple of key moments episodes of Chef's Table (2015-) and Shot in the Dark (2017-), as well as the feature-length documentary The Ivory Game (2016). The findings of the article suggest that the consumption of on-demand content - and more specifically its being chosen by the viewer, rather than observed in the flow of network-era television - affords producers certain concessions around the choices they make. In the examples discussed, there is a clear focus on quality and high production values, bringing Netflix-produced content in line with the tenets of the Slow Media movement.
Subject Film and Television
Keyword(s) Documentary
Streaming Services
Textual Analysis
Television Studies
Internet Television
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