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The conman and I: a case study of transference in documentaryDespite the fact that psychoanalysis and cinema share the same birthday, as 1895 saw the publication of Sigmund Freud's Studies in Hysteria and the first public presentation of the moving image by the Lumière brothers, and the huge influence of Lacanian psychoanalysis on (fiction) film theory, little, if anything, has been written about the relationship between the documentary film-maker and the subject of his or her film in terms of unpacking that relationship in psychoanalytical terms. This article employs some psychoanalytical ideas in order to investigate that relationship, focusing in particular on transference. The article also includes a case study of the author's relationship with the subject of her film The Conman with 14 Wives, broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 in 2006.