Delicate dilemmas: an insight into the ethics of filming with vulnerable participants

Milton, J. (2015) Delicate dilemmas: an insight into the ethics of filming with vulnerable participants. In: Beacon Institute's Interdisciplinary Symposium on Arts and Dementia, 30th May 2015, University of Kent.

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This presentation explores the process of the filmmaker obtaining consent to film participants who have a deteriorating health condition. It focuses on the filmmaker and the ethical dilemmas they face between their artistic and editorial ambitions while having a moral duty of care to their subjects. This particularly applies to the case of participants with health conditions that make it less easy for them to make informed decisions about whether or not to be filmed.

With one million people being diagnosed with dementia in the UK by 2025, filming vulnerable participants, for example, people with dementia will become an ever increasing dilemma for the creative industries.

The presentation will highlight a number of scenarios using clips from television documentaries describing the context of those situations and site other examples of filmmakers who have faced similar ethical issues. By providing an insight into the filming process, it is hoped to stimulate discussion as to what boundaries, if any, should be crossed when trying to inform and educate the public.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 15:16

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