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TABLOID

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Tue, May 3

   9:30 / Kabuki
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Thu, May 5

   2:45 / New People
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Documentaries
USA, 2010, 87 min

CREDITS

dir
Errol Morris
prod
Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Mark Lipson
cam
Robert Chappell
editor
Grant Surmi
mus
John Kusiak
source
IFC Sundance Selects, 11 Penn Plaza, 18th Floor, New York NY 10001. FAX: 646-273-7250. EMAIL: ebrambilla@ifcfilms.com.


Tabloid

“You could tell a lie long enough that you believe it,” suggests Joyce McKinney, the fabulously eccentric subject of Errol Morris’s new documentary covering tabloid journalism, bondage, Mormonism and love. A former Miss Wyoming who boasts an IQ of 168, McKinney became infamous in the UK in 1976 as the mastermind of the “Manacled Mormon Kidnapping” after she became a tabloid sensation for abducting a former lover who had abandoned her for the Mormon Church, holding him hostage in a cottage in Devon for several days, where she chained him to a bed (with mink-trimmed handcuffs) in order to erase all elements of “Mormon brainwashing” from his mind. “I would have skied down Mt. Everest nude with a carnation in my nose for him,” noted the ever-quotable McKinney during her trial, which became one of England’s biggest media stories of the 1970s thanks to its combination of kinky sex and a buxom all-American girl gone wild. Now living relatively anonymously, McKinney “reveals all” to Morris’s camera as do various British tabloid hacks still busy putting their own spin on the tale. A welcome return to the eccentric Americana of Gates of Heaven (1980) and Vernon, Florida (1982), Tabloid never uncovers what is the truth and what is a lie—Morris writes that even he doesn’t know. “And that’s what I like about it.”

Special support for this program generously provided by Celeste and Anthony Meier.



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