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  • Directors: Errol Morris
  • Producers: Julie Ahlberg, Mark Lipson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GNCF8U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-winner Errol Morris TABLOID follows the much stranger-than-fiction adventures of Joyce McKinney, a former "beauty queen" whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and directly onto the front pages of the British tabloid newspapers. Joyce s crusade for love and personal vindication, as illustrated by Morris, takes her through a surreal world of gunpoint abduction, manacled Mormons, oddball accomplices, bondage modelling, magic underwear and dreams of celestial unions. This notorious affair is barking mad.

Equal parts love story, film noir, brainy B-movie and demented fairy tale, TABLOID is a delirious meditation on hysteria both public and personal from a filmmaker who continues to break down and blow open the documentary genre with his penetrating portraits of eccentric and profoundly complex characters. In TABLOID, Morris concocts another jaw-dropping portrayal, this time of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal-sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life. Long before the days of Lindsay, Britney and the 24-hour news cycle, Joyce McKinney reigned as the ensnaring Femme Fatale accused of sexual defiance. In TABLOID, she is back, and Morris offers up his best guilty treasure.

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As usual Errol Morris do not just find incredible subjects and characters but also an original way to tell a story. Here he is surely helped by a classic american subject (a young female star that, growing up, becomes a kind of ambiguous and twisted person) and some characters that are really strange than fiction-
What's great about Morris is that he never stops looking or recording, and he is always opened to let himself being suprised by the unexpected hiding round the corner, to the point that his stories, like here, seem to talk about something but end up talking about something else. And here, believe me, there are some really strange and bizarre things happen
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By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2012
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Older viewers may recall the news story in the 1970s of a young Mormon man who was allegedly held captive by a woman and forced into having sex with her. The tabloid press went mad with the story with the Daily Express and the Daily Mail later vying with each other to tell the story. The woman in question was Joyce McKinney, the former Miss Wyoming, who is the subject of this documentary film. The 1970s story was only the start of a jaw-dropping series of events that, if this was mere fiction, no one could believe was true. Miss McKinney appears to be a Walter Mitty-like character living in a fantasy world of obsession. Interviews and short film clips from her, and the other protagonists in her eventful life, are the substance of this documentary film. She is obviously very resourceful and determined to get her own way no matter what the expense and is engaging and very confident on film. Don't be put off by the beginning of the film, which seems like an amateur video, because it really is a extraordinary story with some hilarious revelations.
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The tale of the Mormon missionary abducted at gunpoint in Surrey and press ganged into sexual enslavement by a former Miss Wyoming that had followed him here.The dominant Miss,who was Joyce McKinney,found herself at the centre of a tabloid storm. Kirk Anderson was the victim supposedly brainwashed by his Mormonism to recant the 3 days of love and sex he had in a Devon cottage,to stay within his church.Morris shows us the feeding frenzy of 3 tabloids, The Daily Express,The Mirror and The Sun,depicting the `war of pictures' that ensued.Miss McKinney,she remains unmarried to this day,tells her side of this extraordinary yarn.Morris utilizes tabloid-style or tongue-in-cheek photographic and cinematic inserts and McKinney's in-studio interview to dominate the film's running time. Morris makes the effects of the frenzy plain.:"you learn when you're famous who your friends are",she says,what few friends she had betrayed her.She comes across as an eccentric,incurable romantic,with undying love for Anderson.She is rendered at the end with some dignity,crying over the death of her dog Boogie,and the elation of having it genetically cloned by a Korean geneticist,a victim of our own crazy notions of love,loyalty and idealism.She has since filed a suit against the film's creator,claiming to have been once again,misrepresented. Anderson,wisely, refused to be interviewed.
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I can see why Joyce McKinney was less than impressed by this documentary - tawdry and sensationalist are words that spring to mind. She comes across as a sensitive soul who deserves better. I feel ashamed for buying this DVD.
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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2014
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Tabloid: an Errol Morris Love Story is a documentary about the 25 year old
American woman who flew over to England to 'kidnap' her 19 year old Mormon
missionary lover, Kirk Anderson in 1977.
The film does little to take the story forward and just highlights the lurid tabloid
journalism at the time of the first breaking of the 1977, reportage.
Joyce McKinney met Kirk Anderson whilst both were attending Brigham Young
University in Provo, Utah, where they fell in love.
They had a brief love affair and then according to Joyce, Kirk simply went
and disappeared from her life.
What had in fact happened was that in accordance with LDS/Mormon doctrine,
the teenager had been sent on the two year obligatory mission that all worthy
Mormon males are commanded to undertake. Missing her lover, Joyce, plans
to 'kidnap' her man, so armed with a replica gun, handcuffs etc., she flies to
England, with a male assistant. This little woman of just over 5 feet, 2 inches
lures Kirk, a big guy of 6 feet 4 away from the LDS chapel in Ewell, near
Epsom, Surrey, and ostensibly keeps him spreadeagled and tied to a bed
in a cottage in rural Devon, miles from his mission home as an attempt to
reignite their passion.

No doubt the teenager, realised that his Mission President, Richard M Eyre,
would have reported him missing, the prospect of a disciplinary council
or church court and possibility of excommunication from the LDS church
would have been uppermost in his mind and so he tried to play victim in
all of this.

McKinney was arrested, remanded to Holloway prison and then bailed to
await trial. She then skips bail and returns to the USA.
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A bonkers but suprisingly true story. Its got a bit of all sorts in it from Mormons to prostitution. Poor Joyce Mckinney does come across as a bit deranged but its a good watch
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