Mockumentary

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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Archive to revive 1907 Korea

Korea Times 20 Sep 2019
While I was finalizing my dissertation in November 2017, UNESCO decided to list on the Memory of the World Register the very documentary archives I had been researching ― the National Debt Redemption Movement Archives ... Firstly, my research of this documentary heritage differs from a traditional history scholar....
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Rosanne Cash recalls trauma, loss and legacy on She Remembers Everything

Canada Dot Com 20 Sep 2019
By this point, The New York Times had published an investigation detailing Trump’s long history of inappropriate sexual behaviour ... Recently, Cash also found herself revisiting her family’s legacy for Ken Burns’ high-profile PBS documentary series Country Music....
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Home viewing this week: ‘Criminal,' They Shall Not Grow Old,’ ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ ‘Shadow of the Vampire,’ BET+

The Oregonian 20 Sep 2019
Peter Jackson brings history to life in "They Shall Not Grow Old" (2018, R), a documentary about British soldiers in World War I created entirely from archival footage and interviews ... The six-episode documentary led to criminal investigations after it aired on Lifetime....
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Weekend TV guide: 12 of the best shows to watch

The Irish Times 20 Sep 2019
Méabh O’Hare’s two-part Irish-language documentary, which premiered in June at the Belfast Film Festival, explores the life work of the Coleraine musicologist ... “The sadness of this documentary is that you are mapping the day-to-day slow death of the most successful political party in democratic history – and it’s entirely self-inflicted.” ....
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‘The Brits never left any place until they were driven out’

The Irish Times 20 Sep 2019
Inside, however, it is a different story ... A Secret History. In the documentary, the Limerick man said he had sat across the table from Gerry Adams at IRA army council meetings, despite Adams’s denials that he was ever a member of the paramilitary organisation ... “I do. I’d be telling lies if I said I supported anything else ... Eamon Ward ... That’s history.” ... ....
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Documentary a reminder of what we can be

The Morganton News Herald 19 Sep 2019
It was the first of a series of documentaries about American history that would elevate Burns to the status of America’s premier documentary filmmaker. For my money, his documentaries are great because they tell the stories of how American culture has emerged ... Its history was ......
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New book and film on Kimbell history to debut in October

Fort Worth Business Press 19 Sep 2019
A History of the Kimbell Art Museum, the first week of October ... "Madigan's book and Guilfoyle's documentary tell the fascinating history of the Kimbell that only insiders have known before," Kimbell Director Eric Lee said in a news release ... Madigan also narrates the documentary produced by Guilfoyle....
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'Kecksburg' film premieres at State Theatre

Herald-Standard 19 Sep 2019
In a documentary made by the History Channel several years ago, colleagues of local journalist John Murphy, who prepared to report on the incident in 1965, claim he was coerced into not revealing certain aspects to the public....
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David Cameron: ‘I’d hate people to think I don’t worry desperately’

The Irish Times 19 Sep 2019
Various speakers attempt to pin down a single moment that changed the course of history, from Gove’s bitterness at being demoted in 2014 to Johnson’s tactical dithering ... Perhaps nostalgically, the documentary tries to give this recent political history the gravity of noble tragedy rather than the shape of a sorry farce....
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David Cameron: ‘Brexit can be delivered, should be delivered, and can work’

The Irish Times 19 Sep 2019
Various speakers attempt to pin down a single moment that changed the course of history, from Gove’s bitterness at being demoted in 2014 to Johnson’s tactical dithering ... Perhaps nostalgically, the documentary tries to give this recent political history the gravity of noble tragedy rather than the shape of a sorry farce....
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The Man Who Made Trump a Monster: Inside ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’

The Daily Beast 19 Sep 2019
The last time we spoke was before the release of his last documentary, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, about a 95-year-old former gigolo who once operated a brothel out of a gas station and claimed to have slept with dozens of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including bombshell revelations about Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy....
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Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn exposed in new documentary that contains an ominous warning about the ...

Raw Story 19 Sep 2019
A new documentary called “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” exposes the history of Trump’s hero, who […] ... ....
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Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn exposed in new documentary that contains ominous warning about the president’s downfall

Alternet 19 Sep 2019
A new documentary called “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” exposes the history of Trump’s hero. ....
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