New Details on Errol Morris’ Next Documentary, TABLOID

     March 30, 2010

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The Playlist has new details on Tabloid*, the next film from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.  While other documentarians may have greater name recognition in the mainstream, Morris is one of the best out there.  The Thin Blue Line is one of the staples of the genre and his recent political work (The Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure) is especially noteworthy.  His next film, Tabloid, is a considerable departure from his previous film, Standard Operating Procedure, and centers on the fascinating figure of former Miss Wyoming, convicted rapist, and dog-cloning supporter Joyce McKinney.

Hit the jump for details because I know you want them.

The Playlist reports that the film is funny and odd, which is an interesting approach to the tale of McKinney, who abducted and raped Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson.  The case was known as “The Case of the Manacled Mormon,” which sounds like a really inappropriate Encyclopedia Brown book.  She then jumped bail and sentenced in absentia to one year in prison since the UK didn’t have laws at the time concerning the rape of men.  She was later accused of stalking Anderson after he married and had a family of his own.  She came into the media spotline again in the 1980s and 2008 when she took her dog to Korea for cloning.

Says the Playlist: “Morris does get McKinney on camera for the film and results are reportedly quite amazing.”  The filmmaker has submitted the film to be screened at Cannes.  Since I can’t really afford to go to Cannes, I hope it ends up showing stateside in the near future.

*The film has yet to settle on a title and could end up being called A Very Special Love Story.

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