A crazy crime of passion
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).