Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Tabloid": a documentary about a kinky case involving Mormon missionaries

Sundance Selects and Showtime have a limited theatrical release of a quirky documentary by Errol Morris, “Tabloid”, about the “true story” of 1977 Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney.  After a bizarre experiences with dating within the customs of the Mormon Church, she went to England, and would be arrested for “abducting and imprisoning a Mormon missionary”.   The platform release of the film seems to coincide with the recent tabloid and hacking scandal in Britain, but that is a coincidence.

The film, oddly shot 2.35:1, features mostly interviews or sound-bytes by her and various others involved in her life.  It seems like a cheaper way to tell a story rather than acting it in layered fashion.

The film is rather explicit, both with images and talk about heterosexual S&M.  It can be as graphic as the gay versions.

There have been a number of other films about LDS over the years: “God’s Army” (2000, directed by Richard Dutcher), which tracks a few young Mormon missionaries;  September Dawn" (2007, by Christopher Cain), and a couple of films about Mormon anti-gay attitudes: “Latter Days”, and “8: The Mormon Proposition”,  reviewed her Feb. 11, 2010. 

Here’s the Sundance website  


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