The Relationship between Story and Storyteller

General Activity

 Stories can be true or false, fact or fiction. What they always are is a representation of events.


In this activity students investigate the distance between the storyteller and the story, how the documentary represents Kelly through its manipulation of story-telling techniques and how viewpoints operate in stories. 


View the documentary, making particular note of the personal details included from Kelly's life.

1. In groups, choose a song from those included in the documentary that relate to Paul Kelly’s life. Closely examine the lyrics and identify the possible connections between his life experiences and the subject matter of the songs.


2. Read the following dialogue extracts from the documentary and in your group discuss whether they comply with your observations.


3. Share your findings with other groups and discuss as a class: Exactly whose story does Paul Kelly tell?


4. Ian Darling uses a range of different storytelling devices in this documentary to present his viewpoint. He offers a variety of ways of seeing Paul Kelly and his body of work. These include:


5. Select two or three of these storytelling devices and identify:

6. As a class discuss the effects of the combination of these storytelling devices and how they shape the overall documentary to establish Darling’s viewpoint. 

[1] Pope, Rob (2001), English Studies Book. An introduction to Language, Literature and Culture. p229