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Documentary apocalypse

  1. 1. Documentary ApocalypseYesterday saw the premier of a new documentary produced and directed by Matthew Wheeler. Thedocumentary is called “Gluten” and as you can probably guess, talks about the topic of gluten.Thedocumentary covers topics such as “what gluten is”, “who is affected by gluten” and “what theeffects are when people eat gluten”. The documentary also includes an interview with a glutenexpert who gives the audience a better insight to gluten.The given genre for the documentary is health; health is a very highly rated genre for documentariesbecause it draws in the largest mass of viewers. Another great documentary that has been out for awhile in this documentary genre is “Supersize me” which is a documentary that talks about andshows the dangers of eating fast food.The “Supersize me” documentary uses a new and unique method for showing their audience thedangers of fast food. Rather than the presenter just talking and showing footage about the dangersof fast food, they actually take part in a month long diet of nothing bust fast food to show the trueeffects that fast food can cause on the human body. This is making the documentary moreinteractive for the audience to watch because the presenter is showing the audience the dangersrather than just telling the audience about the dangers.The “Gluten” documentary however sticks to the presenter talking about gluten and giving theiropinions and insight on Gluten. The documentary also includes the presenter talking to a Glutenexpert who has a great understanding and knowledge of gluten.Although both documentaries are the same genre they use talk about completely different topicsand use different techniques. The “Supersize me” documentary shows the audience what happenswhen a person eats fast food for a month, this is considered more entertainment than educational.This is mainly because there aren’t many facts or information told throughout the documentary,instead there is just footage of the presenter eating fast food for a month and being ill at the end.In comparison to the “Supersize me” documentary, the “Gluten” documentary is allot lessinteractive and sticks to telling facts and information during the documentary. The “Gluten”documentary is less entertaining than the “Supersize me” documentary but makes up for this bybeing far more educational and informative than the “supersize me” documentary.The “Supersize me” documentary’s style was very interactive in comparison to the “Gluten”documentary making it much more entertaining to watch. However the “Gluten” documentary stuckto the original documentary style which made it more far more educational and informative than the“Supersize me” documentary.The target audience for the “Gluten” documentary was people who suffered or knew friends andfamily who suffered from Gluten. The documentary informed their audience of the dangers ofgluten, how to counter gluten and also discussed some of the issues people faced while being on thegluten free diet. This met the audience’s expectations because they were expecting to be informed,given a better insight and have a better understanding of Gluten. Although the “Gluten”
  2. 2. documentary could have done with more interactive footage or topics to keep the target audiencemore captivated.The “Supersize me” documentary’s target audience were people who suffered from weight issuesand other health related issues that related to eating too much food or fast food. The documentarydid not meet the expectations of the audience completely. The documentary was entertaining towatch for the audience but only showed what happens when you eat a ton of fast food, they didn’ttalk about how you can counter this or stop eating unhealthy food. For the audience thisdocumentary was barely informative because the documentary did little other than showing theprocess of eating fast food for a month.The “Gluten” documentary’s target audience’s gender was based on female and male, there was nopreference towards a certain gender. This is because the topic of the documentary does not attractmale more than female or the other way round. This is because both genders are affected or knowfriends and family who are affected by gluten. Both genders are also represented in thedocumentary, not as individual genders but instead they are represented as a whole genderincluding both male and female.The “Gluten” documentaries target audience age was a younger aged audience aged between 14and 18. This was because the documentary discussed the difficulties of being on a Gluten free diet ata young age and how it affected people for example, when they went out socially for meals withfriends and would not allowed to be eat Gluten while their friends could.The “Supersize me” documentary’s target audience gender was intended to be mixed, but ended upbeing slightly more towards male. This was only because there was no female presence in thedocumentary at all apart from the presenter’s wife. Other than that the documentary was aimed atmixed genders. The female and male gender was represented in the documentary, an example ofthis being when the presenter was talking about the dangers of both genders when they eat toomuch fast food.The “Supersize me” documentary’s target audience did not have a specific age group. This was agood idea for the documentary because they would have been singling out allot of potential targetaudiences if they had done that.Allot of you who are reading this are probably wondering if the “Gluten” documentary is worthwatching? You defiantly should! Read on below to see why!The “Gluten” documentary is unique for starters because it is talking about a topic which is barelytalked about in media these days let alone documentary’s! The documentary covers all the thingsyou would expect to find in a documentary discussing Gluten. It has information and facts backed upwith interviews with medical experts on the subject.The documentary is informative, interactive and fun to watch. I highly recommend you go out andsee it!

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