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Mocumentary

Pop Culture
Written by: iMinds
Narrated by: Ellouise Rothwell
Length: 7 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Learn about the film genre of Mocumentary with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The Mockumentary - or fake documentary - is becoming an increasingly successful film and television formula across many genres.

This is Spinal Tap is considered by many the quintessential rockumentary, a study of an aging and once great rock and roll band on the path to self-destruction. Cult film Best in Show offers a fascinating look at the cutthroat world of prize dog shows, and in doing so gives us an insight into relationships and the human condition. Box-office smash hit Borat was a memorable portrait of an outsider and made an unlikely Kazakhstani journalist an international superstar. These three films all look and sound like examples of the documentary genre. Although they all investigate very different people, places and events they all share one key characteristic that differentiates them from most documentaries. None of them are real. They're all make-believe - stand out examples of a cinematic genre subset, the mockumentary.

Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

iMinds offers 12 main categories; become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing.

iMinds is the knowledge solution for the information age cutting through the white noise to give you quick, accurate knowledge .. Perfect your dinner party conversation, impress your boss - an excellent way to discover topics of interest for the future.

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Critic Reviews

"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)

A fun introduction to the mocumentary genre of film and television. Performer Ellouise Rothwell explains the origin and conventions of the style, and presents popular examples from Spinal Tap to The Office. (She also highlights some earlier examples, such as the BBC's wonderful 1957 report on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest".) Her tone is cool and smooth, although sometimes at odds with the rock music playing in the background. A nice choice for students of the media, or anyone interested in a little background on this increasingly popular form.

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