Faking it: Mock-documentary and the subversion of factuality
by Craig Hight (Author), Jane Roscoe (Author)
The first major study of mock-documentary – one of a number of screen forms that play with the assumed boundaries between ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’. Examines mock-documentary through the specific relationship which the form has with documentary. Part of a wider discussion of the increasingly fragile association between factual codes and conventions and the discourses which underpin the documentary genre. Includes detailed discussions of a number of key mock-documentary texts, ranging from Woody Allen’s Zelig, Peter Greenaway’s The Falls, and the Beatles spoof The Rutles through to such classic examples as Bob Roberts, This is Spinal Tap and Man Bites Dog. Opens out this relatively new media form and by doing so throws light on the status of the documentary itself.
About the Author
Craig Hight is a Lecturer in the Department of Screen and Media Studies, Waikato University, New Zealand.
Jane Roscoe teaches in the School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press (November 22, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
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An Amazing Overview of mock documentaries
Bydaniel georgeon May 16, 2014
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Any university student doing film or avid fan of documentaries (and therefore mockumentaries) should read this for enjoyment and education. Easy to read, well justified and condensed. This book features a lot of discussion on the movies of Christopher Guest aswell. (Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman)