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Featuring . . . the Feature

The radio "feature" is a long-standing tradition of European broadcasting, a format with a style all its own. Kaye Mortley, an independent producer based in France, describes the feature this way: "These pieces are mind movies -- road movies sculpted out of reality.

The radio "feature" is a long-standing tradition of European broadcasting, a format with a style all its own. Kaye Mortley, an independent producer based in France, describes the feature this way: "These pieces are mind movies -- road movies sculpted out of reality.

The information they convey is lateral, quirky, personal, not giving answers but inviting the listener to interact with the different worlds into which they beckon. . . . They are pieces where form is born of content and content shapes form." In this TCF conference session, Mortley presents a variety of European features, including some of her own.


Featuring

Kaye Mortley

Kaye Mortley is Australian by birth but since 1981 has worked as an independent documentary maker based in Paris, producing for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France Culture, and for state broadcasting companies in Europe and elsewhere. Mortley's cinematic radio productions have received numerous awards from the Prix Futura and Prix Europa; most recently, A Stranger in Alsace received the 2005 Prix Italia prize for documentary work. Mortley also leads creative documentary workshops and builds sound installations throughout Europe. She is dedicated to opening up a space for those whose voice is not often heard, and to listening to the world around her -- both for the sounds and the passing silences.