Faking it: Mock-documentary and the Subversion of Factuality

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 222 pages
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This book assumes boundaries between 'fact' and 'fiction'. The authors examine mock-documentary through the specific relationship which the form constructs with documentary. This is part of a wider discussion of the increasingly fragile association between factual codes and conventions and the discourses which underpin the documentary genre. Their analysis 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.

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Roscoe teaches in the School of Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Hight is Lecturer in the department of Screen and Media Studies, Waikato University, New Zealand.

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