Much like 2007’s Crazy Love, a nonfiction documentary by Dan Flores and Fisher Stevens, recounting the chilling tale of romance and love gone wrong with unforeseen, tragic consequences, the new 2011 documentary Tabloid, now playing at a theatre near you, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704619/) offers much of the same escalating psychological mania. You can watch the trailer here (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi899914777/).
Tabloid is based on the Mormon-Sex-In-Chains infamous case occurring in England in 1977. In this new documentary directed by Errol Morris, known for his earlier prominent film, A Thin Blue Line, Morris chronicles the strange odyssey of former Miss Wyoming, Joyce McKinney and her wild ride to win back the affections of her boyfriend, Kirk Anderson. McKinney met 19-year-old Anderson, when she was a fellow undergraduate drama student at Brigham Young University. After a brief fling, where McKinney claims she miscarried Anderson’s baby, Anderson a lifelong Mormon consumed with guilt over their relationship, flees McKinney’s tight grasp and clandestinely moves to England embarking on a career as a Mormon door-to-door missionary far away from McKinney’s clutches.
Having broken all contact with her on the advise of the Mormon Church, and leaving without so much as a word, McKinney is baffled by Anderson’s sudden change of heart. To win back her man, she desperately hires a private investigator to track Anderson’s whereabouts. Learning he now lives in Surrey England, McKinney hatches an absurd plot to rescue Anderson from what she believes is the Mormon Church’s dangerous mind control tricks.
Much like a James Bond thriller, McKinney, armed with guns, ammunition, and a rescue team consisting of a bodyguard, a pilot, and an odd accompaniment, another man who is in love with her, travels to the UK by private plane so they won’t be followed, to recapture Anderson and set him straight. The plan calls for kidnapping, guns, bondage, and relocation to a remote honeymoon cottage in the English countryside where McKinney will have sex with Anderson as a form of reconditioning along with serving him his favorite foods in bed.
Surprisingly, part one of this wacky scheme works like a charm; yet we sadly learn without the happy ending McKinney envisioned. Along the way, false imprisonment charges are filed, McKinney is jailed, stories are disputed, the case makes British tabloid headlines, S&M charges abound, mental illness claims are made and yes, there is Korean dog cloning. You couldn’t make this true story up.
I don’t want to give away the rest of the thoroughly entertaining film, produced by Air Loom Enterprises and Moxie Pictures, is too absurdly fascinating and outlandish to reveal in its entirety. All I can say is to see this film for yourself. It has the elements of a high speed chase, is a thoroughly wild ride and a spell-bounding documentary, one you won’t forget for a long time. The orchestration of this documentary is done in such a brilliant manner that it was a hit with everyone at the Telluride Festival.
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