A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself. They may be either comedic or dramatic in form, although comedic mockumentaries are more common. A dramatic mockumentary (sometimes referred to as docufiction) should not be confused with docudrama, a fictional genre in which dramatic techniques are combined with documentary elements to depict real events.

Mockumentaries are often presented as historical yet witty documentaries, with B roll and talking heads discussing past events, or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events. Though the precise origins of the genre are not known, examples emerged during the 1950s, when archival film footage became relatively easy to locate. A very early example was a short piece on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" that appeared as an April fools' joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957.

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Tiger King: Why Mike Tyson regrets his past owning exotic animals

The Independent 01 Apr 2020
With big cats back in the news thanks to the runaway success of Netflix documentary Tiger King, legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has admitted that he regrets his history of owning exotic animals. Netflix’s seven-part documentary series has ......

The best music documentaries to binge on while in isolation

Skiddle 01 Apr 2020
Skiddle's very own mini-documentary about the history of Manchester LGBT+ club night, Homoelectric, and it's epic, 10,000 capacity 'queer rave' in 2019 is both an unlikely tale of an underground (and almost accidental) clubbing success and an eye-opening look at one of the most memorable events in recent club history....

Netflix: 10 of the best new shows and films to watch in April

The Irish Times 01 Apr 2020
Another addition to Netflix’s ever-expanding library of true-crime documentaries, The Innocence Files is ... The heartfelt documentary also delves into the history of gay rights, detailing how the shop became a much-needed refuge during the Aids crisis.  Extraction (April 24th)....

This week’s family streaming picks

Dothan Eagle 01 Apr 2020
There’s no time like now to start your child’s education in classic film. That’s where streaming service The Criterion Channel comes in ... Start with the early silent legends. Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd ... Continuing education in rock history can be found with D.A. Pennebaker’s documentaryMonterey Pop,” about the 1967 Monterey Pop festival ... ——— ... ....

Friends mourn loss of angling legend as season opens

The Daily Star 01 Apr 2020
When New York anglers take to the waterways Wednesday, April 1, for the beginning of trout season, one of the community's leading members will be absent ... "He was a heck of an instructor ... His love for the history of the sport made him a key figure in Concors' documentary film, Land of Little Rivers, which debuted at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival ... ....

Hemp, Inc. Featured in Hemp Market Report Discussing COVID-19 Stimulus Relief Funds for the Hemp Industry

Tyler Morning Telegraph 01 Apr 2020
... investing in the movie “The Adventures of the King of Pot” ( http.// ) and other historical movies, books and documentaries representing our industry up to the current docuseries being made on “The Modern Day History of Hemp”....

The 3 Craziest UFO, Odd Creature and Unexplained Happenings From Utah's Secretive Skinwalker Ranch

Newsweek 31 Mar 2020
While Skinwalker Ranch isn't open for the public to explore, they can visit virtually in the History Channel's new series, The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch. The documentary research series will air on Tuesday at 9 p.m ... Skinwalker Ranch, as captured by The History Channel. HISTORY....

Bob Marley 75th Birthday Celebration Continues With Second Mini Documentary 'Women Rising'

Billboard 31 Mar 2020
6, and a series of mini-documentaries, collectively titled Bob Marley - Legacy, that began rolling out in February. Today, the final day of women’s history month (March 31), the second installment in the mini documentary series, Women Rising, has been released on Marley’s official YouTube channel....

Courtney Barnett to soundtrack documentary on women’s liberation movement in Australia

NME 31 Mar 2020
Courtney Barnett and fellow Milk! Records artist Evelyn Ida Morris will soundtrack the upcoming documentary film Brazen Hussies, which is centred on the Women’s Liberation Movement in Australia ... Donate here. Milk! is working with the upcoming feature documentary film @Brazen_Hussies – the history of Women’s Liberation in Australia ... ....

Quarto Valley Records Signs The Immediate Family

The Record 31 Mar 2020
Filmmaker Denny Tedesco has made the group's rich history the subject of his upcoming documentary The Immediate Family, which also serves as the follow-up to his acclaimed feature The Wrecking Crew, which spotlighted an earlier group of Los Angeles studio pros ... Immediate Family documentary Facebook page....

COVID-19 lockdown fails to knock out WWE’s WrestleMania

Arab News 31 Mar 2020
... history ... Alongside the live events, WWE fans worldwide can get access to hours of archive action for limited time thorough the WWE Network library (, which features on-demand content, every WrestleMania in history, exclusive documentaries among other content....

Watch The Trailer For 'Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert' Documentary

Billboard 31 Mar 2020
Even though this year's Coachella festival has been pushed back to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a documentary about the history of the beloved annual ritual will still come out on the day the fest was to kick off, April 10. Coachella ... 9-11 and Oct ... ....

Stay Tuned column: A fresh take on the drama of war in WWII series ‘World ...

The Barnstaple Patriot 31 Mar 2020
The founder of Big Cat Rescue, a Florida-based nonprofit animal sanctuary, Baskin recently spoke out against claims made in the documentary series, in which she is heavily featured ... A dark chapter in America�s history is the focus of �Atlanta�s Missing and Murdered ... The documentary ......