The Long Run: a story about filmmaking as qualitative research

Kitrina Douglas*, David Carless

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Against the logic that if you aren’t a film maker, you shouldn’t make films, we hope to shed light on why qualitative researchers might consider a filmmaking journey. Research-based films are an accessible genre through which to raise issues in an empowering way, about the lives of stigmatized and marginalized people. For us, a vital step in the production of films has been through writing stories and songs. As a reflexive resource, a song anchors a researcher in a multidimensional way to events and relationships. We use a storytelling format here to illuminate these interrelated processes while giving support to the philosophy of “slow” scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-290
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3-4
Early online date2 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • filmmaking
  • song writing
  • slow science
  • storytelling
  • mental health
  • sport


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