Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
A docudrama is a reenactment, or dramatization, of current or historical events. Docudrama combines fictional elements with the re-creation of events and with documentary. It is, as the word suggests, documentary drama, a hybrid of the real and the fictional. Docudrama has also been called nonfiction drama and reality-based drama. Scholars, filmmakers, and critics disagree about many aspects of docudrama, including what it should be called. They also disagree about the definition of this hybrid. Some scholars argue that the docudrama has received insufficient study. There is, however, general agreement that whatever docudrama is, it is an immensely popular form of information and entertainment and it continues to find a large and avid audience. It has been noted that, unlike documentary, there is no pure form of docudrama. Most docudramas might be categorized as reconstructions of dramatic stories, including investigative reconstructions. An important subgenre of docudrama is biography, or the ...