List of Mockumentaries

This is a list of mockumentaries. Mockumentary or mock documentary is a genre of film and television, a parody presented as a documentary recording real life.

Film

  • 2gether (2000), A spoof of boy bands like N*Sync and The Backstreet Boys.
  • A Day Without a Mexican is a 2004 film directed by Sergio Arau. A fantasy in which all Mexicans in the U.S. state of California suddenly disappear.
  • All You Need Is Cash (aka The Rutles) (UK, 1979), Beatles parody telling of The Rutles' story, while also parodying documentary makers themselves.
  • Auditions, a 1970s mockumentary about the porn industry directed by Harry Hurwitz.
  • The Baby Formula, a lesbian couple both get pregnant through an experimental stem cell procedure (Canada, 2009)
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (U.S., 2005), a film crew follows Leslie Vernon, a serial killer in training.
  • Believe (U.S., 2007), story of multi-level marketing and a failed pyramid scheme.
  • Best in Show (UK/U.S., 2000), story of some contestants at a national dog show.[1]
  • The Big Tease, a Scottish hairdresser's journey to the U.S. for a hairdressing competition, filmed with mockumentary elements.
  • Bob Roberts (U.S., 1992), a Tim Robbins satiric film about a right wing folksinger's crooked election campaign.[1]
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (U.S./UK, 2006), about a Kazakh journalist's journey through the United States.
  • Born Twiztid: Beyond the Freekshow is a mockumentary talking about the supposed early life of the band Twiztid.
  • Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down the film aims to teach young inexperienced youth about all things involved with "getting down", while also pointing out some of the pitfalls associated with the party lifestyle.directed by Paul Sapiano
  • Brüno (U.S./UK 2009), pseudosequel to Borat about a gay Austrian reporter's journey through the United States.
  • Burn Hollywood Burn (US, 1998), a movie director prevents severe editing of his latest film by stealing it.
  • The Calcium Kid (UK 2004), boxing documentary charting the unexpected rise to fame of a milkman who is also an amateur boxer.
  • The Canadian Conspiracy (U.S., 1985), about a supposed Canadian plan to subvert the United States by taking over its media.
  • CB4, a parody rapumentary that follows the story of CB4, a fictional rap group that is loosely based on N.W.A. and 2 Live Crew.
  • Chalk, 2007 movie based on two teachers' real-life experiences. LA Weekly said to think of it as "To Sir, with Sarcasm".
  • Comic Book: The Movie, a 2004 direct-to-DVD release mockumentary about a comic book fanboy dealing with the unfaithful film adaptation of his favorite character, set to the backdrop of the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Confessions of a Porn Addict (Canada, 2008) about a man's quest to get his wife back after she left him for being addicted to porn. Starring Spencer "Spenny" Rice, directed by Duncan Christie.
  • Confetti (UK, 2006), a British mockumentary about a fashion magazine wedding competition
  • Dark Side of the Moon tries to portray the moon landings as a creation in a movie lot by Stanley Kubrick.
  • The Delicate Art of Parking, a Canadian mockumentary about parking enforcement officers.
  • Dill Scallion, a 1999 feature follows the rise and fall of country-western singer Dill Scallion (Billy Burke) in the mode of This Is Spinal Tap.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous a camera crew follows beauty pageant contestants in a small town.
  • Farce of the Penguins (U.S., 2007), a direct-to-video film which is a parody of March of the Penguins.
  • The Far Left (UK, 2009), a parody of documentaries by Louis Theroux, a fictitious film maker named Peter Jenkiss follows the life of a far left activist and his accomplice.
  • Fear of a Black Hat (U.S., 1994), follows the fictional rap group, "Niggaz with Hats" (N.W.H. for short), as it evolves with the genre from its popular origins to the advent of gangsta rap.
  • Fellowship of the Dice, story of a first time gamer's introduction to the role-playing game world.
  • Finishing the Game, The story of the search for the "new" Bruce Lee to finish "The Game of Death".
  • The Flying Scissors, a mockumentary that follows a handful of individuals preparing for a Rock-Paper-Scissors competition.
  • Forgotten Silver (New Zealand, 1995), a film by Costa Botes and Peter Jackson, parody of a historical documentary about a "forgotten" filmmaker.
  • FUBAR: The Movie (Canada, 2002), a film by Michael Dowse, a mockumentary that has achieved cult status about head-banger subculture, especially within Canada.
  • FUBAR 2 (Canada, 2010), sequel to the 2002 mockumentary.
  • Fudge 44 (Ireland, 2005), a film by Graham Jones, a mockumentary about six puppets in a financially impoverished Tokyo children's puppet theatre who, locals believe, came to life and robbed a nearby bank to avoid being put out of business.
  • G-SALE (U.S., 2003), a film by Randy Nargi, scripted mockumentary about garage sale fanatics.
  • Gamers: The Movie (U.S., 2006), about players trying to set a record for playing a Dungeons and Dragons-like game.
  • Get Ready to be Boyzvoiced (Norway, 2000), a film following fictional Norwegian boy band Boyzvoice.
  • Good Arrows (UK, 2009), a mockumentary about Welsh darts player.
  • Hard Core Logo (Canada, 1996), following in the tradition of This Is Spinal Tap, this film traces the final tour of an overaged punk band, and serves as a model for the death of "true" punk rock. The film's associated album, A Tribute to Hard Core Logo, has several notable bands performing cover versions of Hard Core Logo songs, and is packaged as if Hard Core Logo were a real band.
  • The Heavenly Kings (Hong Kong, 2006), a film following the Cantopop boy band Alive, fronted by Daniel Wu (who also directed the film).
  • How to Irritate People, the 1968 "guide" written mostly by John Cleese and featuring Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, and Connie Booth.
  • I'm Still Here, a 2010 satirical film parodying America's fascination with the reality television phenomenon of the 2000s that revolves around the life of Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix, disheveled and perpetually clothed in dark suits and sunglasses, announces his retirement from acting in favor of a career as a professional hip-hop artist.
  • Incident at Loch Ness (U.S., 2004), about a filmmaker attempting to make a documentary about the mythological Loch Ness Monster while a documentary about his life is, in turn, being filmed.
  • It's All Gone Pete Tong (UK, Canada, 2004), a comedy following the tragic life of legendary DJ Frankie Wilde. The story takes us through Wilde's life from one of the best DJ's alive, through subsequent battle with a hearing disorder, culminating in his mysterious disappearance from the scene.
  • Kenny (Australia 2006), the life of a portable toilet installer in Melbourne, Australia.
  • The Last Polka, John Candy and Eugene Levy mockumentary about the last concert of the Shmenge Brothers, a Leutonian Polka duet whose characters were first developed on Second City Television.
  • LolliLove (U.S., 2004), a story about a husband and wife team, played by James Gunn and Jenna Fischer, who form a charity to give each homeless person a lollipop with a cheery slogan on the wrapper, but who are really only serving themselves.
  • Man Bites Dog (Belgium, 1992), Rémy Belvaux black comedy/satire in which a film crew follows a serial killer documenting his crimes.
  • Man of the Year (U.S., 1995), a satirical look, directed by former Playgirl magazine Man of the Year Dirk Shafer, at his reign as Man of the Year as a closeted gay man.
  • Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (U.S., 1992), a "behind the scenes" exposé of pop singer and sex symbol Medusa, on her "Blonde Leading the Blonde" concert tour.
  • Mermaids: The Body Found (U.S, 2012),a group of NOAA scientists who supposedly found the body of a mermaid, then explains how the creature could possibly be ape subspecies.
  • A Mighty Wind (U.S., 2003), story of three groups of folk singers who come together at a tribute concert in honor of their recently deceased manager.
  • Mike Bassett: England Manager (UK, 2001), the fortunes of a lacklustre England football manager in the World Cup.
  • Never Been Thawed (US 2005) a film about a society of people who collect frozen TV dinners.
  • Paranormal Entity (US 2009) a film about a widowed family that believed to be being haunted by a Demon
  • The Old Negro Space Program, mockumentary about the fictional "NASSA" or "Negro American Space Society of Astronauts", lampooning far-reaching racial segregation in the United States; subtitled "the shocking but false story of America's blackstronauts".
  • R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, the career of supposed real-life actor R2-D2, who was played in reality by Kenny Baker and puppeteer Don Bies, co-director of this mockumentary.
  • Real Life (U.S., 1979), Albert Brooks directs a documentary about a year in the life of an average American family (headed by Charles Grodin).
  • Sons of Provo (U.S., 2004), a musical mockumentary about a Mormon boy-band (Everclean) and its rise to local fame in Utah.
  • Steamin' and Dreamin': The Grandmaster Cash Story, a comedy mockumentary that follows the exploits of Cork hip-hop artist Grandmaster Cash.
  • Surf's Up, an animated mockumentary that follows the progress of a surfer penguin named Cody Maverick as he enters a surfing competition.
  • Take the Money and Run (U.S., 1969), the second film directed by Woody Allen, in which Allen plays an ambitious but clumsy burglar.[1]
  • Tanner '88 (U.S., 1988) The campaign of (fictional) former Michigan U.S. representative Jack Tanner's bid to secure the Democratic party's nomination for President. Written by Garry Trudeau, directed by Robert Altman.
  • Tanner on Tanner (U.S., 2004) Follow-up to Tanner '88, interviewing old campaign staffers and Tanner before going to the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston. Written by Garry Trudeau, directed by Robert Altman.
  • This Is Spinal Tap (U.S., 1984), follows a British rock band attempting to revive their popularity.[1]
  • The Tunnel (Australia 2011), a documentary crew encounters a ghoul in the tunnels below Sydney. Carlo Ledesma, Andrew Denton
  • Waiting for Guffman (U.S., 1996), a small Missouri town's celebration of its sesquicentennial.
  • Yacht Rock, a mockumentary series on adult contemporary music during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Zelig, a mockumentary by Woody Allen about a man who changes his physical appearance in order to fit in.[1]
  • Actus Reus (U.S. 2013), a mockumentary about a man and his group of friends doing various crimes to raise money to keep the main character's house.

Television

Series

  • All Aussie Adventures (AU, 2001) Follows the Australian outback adventures of Russell Coight, a man who believes he is one with the land but constantly has mishaps that could only happen to him.
  • Arrested Development (2005 TV Series), follows the Bluth family, most notably Michael Bluth, after the events of the father's arrest for corporate fraud. It's narrated by Ron Howard, who produced the show, as well as played himself in the series finale as a possible producer for a show about the Bluths.
  • Brass Eye (UK, 1997), a series of mockumentaries by Chris Morris.
  • Come Fly with Me (UK, 2010–Present), a fly-on-the-wall comedy TV show which follows the antics of many characters on a normal day at a UK airport. Most characters are played by comedian duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
  • The Day Today (UK, 1994), spoof news series created by Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci which often featured documentary-style inserts, such as 'The Pool' and 'The Office'
  • Dog Bites Man, a parody of local news coverage, and follows the misadventures of a struggling news team as they travel around the country producing news segments.
  • Dorm Life (US, 2008–2009), a webseries following the fictional lives of the inhabitants of the college dorm floor 5 South.
  • The Games (Australia, 1998 and 2000), an Australian TV comedy that follows the mayhem and bureaucratic snafu faced by the organisers of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust (US, 2003), a travel show following the misadventures of a bumbling German backpacker as he travels the globe in search of reasonably priced culturally enriching experiences.
  • Human Remains (UK, 2000), a bleak series of fly-on-the-wall insights into dysfunctional couples.
  • Jimmy MacDonald's Canada (Canada, 2005), lost episodes of a mid-1960s public affairs show hosted by Jimmy MacDonald who was played by Richard Waugh. The show combined new segments with authentic news and human interest archive footage.
  • Les Invincibles (Canada, 2005–2009), a French Canadian TV dramedy about four thirty year-old men signing a pact that say they have to break-up with their girlfriends and embrace a common routine-free life.
  • Look Around You (UK, 2002 and 2005), a parody of educational TV (season 1) and documentary about "the world and future of science and technology" (season 2), set roughly 25 years before the actual release dates.
  • Marion and Geoff (UK series, 2000–2003), stars Rob Brydon as a cab/taxi driver.
  • Modern Family (US, 2009–Present), a series about three families living modern American family lives.
  • My Life as Liz (US, 2010–Present), a series about a seventeen-year old girl and her senior year in high school.
  • The Naked Brothers Band (US, 2007–2009), starred two real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff and their real life friends about a teenage fantasy of a world-famous kids' rock band, with cameras following the band members everywhere they go. The series was based around the real-life band Nat and Alex formed back in pre-school. The series was created by their real-life mother actress Polly Draper, who also wrote and directed the self-titled film, that became the pilot for the series.
  • The Office (UK/USA, 2001–2013), British satire on white-collar management, later remade for US and other audiences.
  • Operation Good Guys, a British satire of an incompetent police force (often seen as a precursor to The Office, see above).
  • Operation Repo, a fictional series depicting an automobile repossession team.
  • Parks and Recreation (US, 2009–Present), a series following Leslie Knope who is head of the Parks and Recreation department in a small town in Indiana.
  • Paths to Freedom (Ireland, 2000), spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary about two prisoners leaving prison, both from different backgrounds one an esteemed gynaecologist and the other an inner city Dublin rapper.
  • People Like Us (UK, radio from 1995 to 1997, and television series 1999 to 2001), a British radio and TV comedy, featuring an inept interviewer (played by Chris Langham), who interviews people in various jobs.
  • Prehistoric Park (UK, 2006), a six-episode mockumentary that depicts a hypothetical scenario whereby a time machine is used to create a wildlife park.
  • Pure Pwnage, an Internet-distributed show about a gamer followed around by his brother created by Geoff Lapaire, and Jarett Cale.
  • Reno 911! (US, 2003–2009), Comedy Central parody of COPS about an inept police force in Reno, Nevada.
  • Southern Fried Stings a series depicting a fictional group of mercenaries/private detectives operating in southern United States.
  • We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year (Australia, 2005), an Australian TV mockumentary about five fictitious candidates nominated for the prestigious Australian of the Year Award.
  • Summer Heights High (Australia, 2007), an Australian mockumentary about three fictitious characters at a public high school.
  • Angry Boys (Australia, 2011), an Australian mockumentary created by Lilley.
  • Total Drama Island (Canada, 2007–Present), a Canadian TV mockumentary of reality shows about a group of teens competing for $100,000.
  • Trailer Park Boys (Canada, 2001–2007), follows Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles, as they commit crimes, and hatch crack-pot schemes to make money, most of which are illegal and often involve growing marijuana.
  • Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (UK, 1985–87), two series of sketch shows with regular five-minute mockumentaries, written by and starring Victoria Wood.
  • Wildboyz (US, 2003–2006), Jackass spin-off starring Steve-O and Chris Pontius that mocks nature style documentaries.
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood (US, 2013–Present), created by and starring Kevin Hart, is shown on BET (Black Ent TV).

Specials and one-offs

Commercials

Television specials

Individual episodes

Sometimes an episode of an otherwise non-mockumentary series will be presented as a mockumentary.

  • Babylon 5
    • And Now for a Word is framed as a documentary by the fictional news network ISN for the Babylon 5 station. Every act in the episode start with effects similar to those used by news channels, and end with the reporter acknowledging the cut to advertisements. There's also a fake advertisement. It is the first documentary-styled episode in the science fiction genre.
    • The Illusion of Truth and The Deconstruction of Falling Stars in season 4 partially employ documentary style.
  • The Comic Strip Presents
    • "The Comic Strip Presents... Bad News Tour" and its sequel, More Bad News, following an incompetent rock group on tour.
    • The Comic Strip Presents... Eddie Monsoon: A Life?, the life story of an offensive talk show host.
  • Community
    • Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking, Pierce tells the study group he's dying and asks Abed to film his last wishes.
  • Entourage
    • Welcome to the Jungle, an episode as a mock "making of" film about Medellín, the film the characters produce.
  • Even Stevens
    • Band on the Roof, a "rockumentary"-style episode following the band, the Twitty-Steven Connection.
  • Farscape
    • Most of Season 4, Episode 17 A Constellation of Doubt comprises a fictional documentary detailing humanity's reaction to Moya's recent visit to Earth. It is occasionally seen that John Critchton is watching the documentary on a television set in his quarters on board the ship. The end credits of the episode include a trailer to the next episode of the fictional documentary.
  • Grey's anatomy
    • "These Arms of Mine", a documentary crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting to document the road to recovery for doctors and patients.
  • Just Shoot Me!
    • "A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn", a faux "A&E Biography" of the character Nina Van Horn, played by Wendie Malick
  • Night Court
    • A Closer Look, a 1990 episode showing the affairs of the show from a news TV perspective.
  • The Simpsons
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
    • The Loud Solomon Family: a Dickumentary, from season 5, an episode presented in an entirely documentary style taking a look into the lives of the Solomon family.
  • ER
    • Its 1997 live episode Ambush was portrayed as a documentary.
  • The West Wing
    • Access, a fake behind-the-scenes documentary about a day in the White House of President Josiah Bartlet, supposedly released after his term in office has ended.
  • The X-Files
    • X-Cops (2000), an episode made to look like an episode of the actual show COPS.

Other mock films and television

Reality shows

  • The Comeback (US, 2005), a reality show type following the life of former "it" actress Valerie Cherish.
  • Double the Fist, a fictional version of Jackass.
  • Drawn Together, a cartoon version of The Surreal Life.
  • Series 7: The Contenders, a movie is presented as a marathon of the seventh series of an American reality television show where six people, picked at random from a national lottery, are each given a gun and forced to hunt and kill each other for the camera.
  • Siberia, a horror/drama series about a fictional reality television show where 16 contestants must survive in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska for a 500,000 dollar prize. However, things go horribly wrong and the contestants are left stranded in a dangerous woods full of things they don't understand.

News shows

  • Special Bulletin (1983), was an NBC made-for-TV movie, which portrayed a live broadcast from a fictional American broadcasting network (Republic Broadcasting System, or RBS) on a nuclear terrorism incident in Charleston, South Carolina as they occurred. The realism of the broadcast caused a minor panic in Charleston at the time of its first airing, despite disclaimers shown after each commercial break.
  • Without Warning (1994), was another TV film in the form of a mock newscast. Produced by CBS, it covered an apocalyptic alien attack scenario as seen through the eyes of a network TV news crew. Like Special Bulletin, reports of panic were also associated with its broadcast.
  • Countdown to Looking Glass (1984), a cable-TV docu-drama presented as a series of news reports concerning an escalation in the Middle East between the US and the USSR, that eventually leads to nuclear war. (This film, however, isn't completely a documentary as it includes dramatic interludes).
  • Ghostwatch (1992), a BBC television special in which a fictitious "live" paranormal investigation goes awry.

Found footage

Main article: Found footage (genre)

Some films and shows take on the form of (fake) raw footage.[2]

  • The Blair Witch Project, a 1999 horror film about three student filmmakers who disappear while hiking to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.
  • September Tapes, a 2004 movie about a man who hunts down Osama Bin Laden.
  • Paranormal Activity, a 2007 supernatural horror film centered on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home.
  • Cloverfield, a 2008 monster thriller film following six young New Yorkers attending a going-away party on the night that a gigantic monster attacks the city.
  • The Last Exorcism, a 2010 horror film about a fictional evangelical minister who participates in a documentary that films his exorcism.
  • The Troll Hunter, a 2010 Norwegian comedy-drama film made by a team of film students, documenting the work of a troll hunter with the secret Norwegian Troll Service.
  • The Devil Inside, a 2012 horror movie tracing the purported exorcism of a possessed woman convicted of a mass murder.
  • Chronicle, a 2012 science fiction movie about three high-school seniors which form a bond after gaining telekinetic abilities from an unknown object.
  • The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, a 2012 film that tells the story of a team of investigators in the 1970s who investigated the haunted goings-on inside the notorious murder house that later became the cult phenomenon known as The Amityville Horror.
  • Project X, a 2012 comedy film whose plot follows three friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party, a plan which quickly escalates out of their control.

References

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.