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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Inside the Cage: The Rise of Female Fighters review – bloody battles for cash and glory

The Guardian 13 Oct 2019
This likable documentary follows three British mixed ... A personal trainer by trade, over the last couple of years she has developed a sideline as an amiable documentary presenter, making films about her family history, the global plastic surgery industry and becoming a mother....

Rare Acquisition: State Archives is home to set of Billy the Kid comic books

Albuquerque Journal 13 Oct 2019
The program, held in conjunction with Santa Fe Comic Con, includes a keynote address by New Mexico history writer Don Bullis, a talk by Adams State University Professor Lynnea Chapman King on pop culture’s role in history and a screening of an episode of the 2014 television documentary series “Gunslingers.”....

Shuck, Charles "Jim"

Herald and News 13 Oct 2019
Charles Victor Shuck, better known as "Jim," was born on Oct. 27, 1930. in Merrill, Ore., and passed away on Oct. 4, 2019, in Klamath Falls, Ore ... He served four years and was honorably discharged ... Jim loved his golf, reading about history, watching documentaries on World War II and aircraft, playing his accordion and staying on top of current events ... 26....

'What do you think I was fighting for?': Mel Hamilton's Black 14 battle a personal one

The Capital Journal 13 Oct 2019
LARAMIE — Mel Hamilton’s NFL aspirations were fanned by one of the all-time greats ... Malik also knew the history behind his father’s departure from Wyoming. Malik recalled seeing a television documentary about the Black 14 as a child. He said he and his father would also discuss the incident as part of history assignments in grade school ... .......

Tune in Tonight for Oct. 13

Waco Tribune-Herald 13 Oct 2019
Anybody who reads this column knows that I’m rather cool to superhero movies and shows. Call me a snob ... In this case, I’ve got to go with the voice of the people.Blending science, psychology and all-too-grim current events, the documentary miniseries “Why We Hate” (9 p.m, Discovery) explores one of life’s and history’s most vexing paradoxes ... .......

KP tourism potentials spotlighted as Pakistan Travel Mart 2019 concludes

The News International 12 Oct 2019
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Corporation (TCKP) put on display the cultural and traditional items, handicrafts, Kalash culture and costumes, documentaries, brochures, pamphlets and posters on heritage and history, tourist and scenic spots at the KP Pavilion, which attracted many tourists and visitors....

Shanghai diaries

China Daily 11 Oct 2019
Three documentary series capture the city's transformation from a fishing village to a financial hub, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai. Shanghai Television is airing Grand Shanghai, an eight-episode documentary series presenting the 176-year history of the municipality....

David Keenan's Troubles novel For the Good Times wins Gordon Burn prize

The Observer 11 Oct 2019
David Keenan’s For the Good Times, a book about Belfast and the Troubles that “reveals the truth about our recent history in a way documentary can’t”, has won the Gordon Burn prize ... The News as a Novel ... Read more ... The novel was “hallucinatory and fearless”, said Sawyer, and “revealed the truth about our recent history in a way that documentary can’t”....

‘Wrinkles the Clown’ is a compelling documentary with an infuriating twist

The Daily Dot 11 Oct 2019
Wrinkles the Clown, a documentary directed by Michael Beach Nichols, explores both the mythology of Wrinkles as well as the man behind the mask ... If you want some laughs and a bit of insight into a truly bizarre subchapter of recent history, this documentary is for you....

Woman's Club debuts documentary of club's century-long history

Inde Online 11 Oct 2019
Produced by local filmmaker Len Brown, the documentary chronicles the club's history and its role in the city ... ....

From Fred and Rose West to Levi Bellfield: What it’s really like living next door to serial killers

Metro UK 11 Oct 2019
True crime stories have had the world gripped for years, with millions of people eagerly downloading the Serial podcast to uncover the truth about Adnan Syed’s part in Hae Min Lee’s death, and countless documentaries dedicated to retracing some of the strangest crimes in history ......

Letter: GM workers must keep fighting for their rights

The Buffalo News 11 Oct 2019
By Staff. Published Fri, Oct 11, 2019 ... and later a factory temp ... GM’s history is repeating itself. In the 1980s it was CEO Roger Smith from the documentaryRoger and Me” who shipped jobs to Mexico and eviscerated places like Flint, Mich ... This can’t go on forever ... Susan Wilke. North Tonawanda. ....

The diabolic dissent of sexual abuse

The Hindu 11 Oct 2019
The realisation is slow and damning, triggered by an old letter, with memories resurfacing like scattered flashback footage in a professional filmmaker’s head ... Fox was a documentary maker. a vocation that possibly allowed her to navigate the pattern of her own history by viewing it through a dispassionate, advanced prism of storytelling ... A liar ... .......

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