A crazy crime of pas­sion

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THIS year has al­ready been a big-ticket one for bril­liant doc­u­men­taries and the blitz of non-fic­tion hits just keeps on com­ing with Tabloid, the stag­ger­ing tale of Miss Joyce McK­in­ney ( pic­tured).

In 1977, the former Amer­i­can beauty queen be­came the talk of Bri­tain for kid­nap­ping a one-time fi­ance, chain­ing him to a bed in a re­mote ru­ral hide­away, and then hav­ing her kinky way with him.

While the UK le­gal sys­tem had no prece­dent for deal­ing with McK­in­ney’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tions, the Fleet Street pa­pers just could not get enough of her bizarre es­capades.

More than three decades later, McK­in­ney ( a will­ing, even ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pant in this film) turns out to have lost none of her un­canny knack for lead­ing the me­dia on a merry dance.

The doco fas­ci­nates on a con­sid­er­able num­ber of lev­els, largely thanks to McK­in­ney’s du­plic­i­tous skills be­fore the cam­era. Just when you think you’ve got this shrewd op­er­a­tor backed in a cor­ner and she may fi­nally ’ fess up, the real Joyce McK­in­ney shifts gears and leaves you for dead, all over again.

Those who be­lieve the truth should never get in the way of a great story will find com­pelling, con­clu­sive proof of that here. It’s an­other clas­sic from di­rec­tor Er­rol Mor­ris ( The Fog of War).

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