Tabloid (film)

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Directed by Errol Morris
Release dates
  • September 3, 2010 (2010-09-03) (Telluride Film Festival)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tabloid is a 2010 American documentary by Errol Morris. It tells the story of Joyce McKinney who in the 70s was accused of kidnapping and raping Kirk Anderson,[1] an American Mormon missionary. The incident, known as the Mormon sex in chains case, became a major tabloid story in Britain and triggered a circulation battle between two popular newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express.

The film is based on interviews of McKinney conducted by Morris, who also interviewed journalist Peter Tory (1939-2012) and Kent Gavin, a photographer, involved with her story.[2][3] The film makes reference to Mormon culture, such as temple garments.[4]

Failed lawsuit against Morris[edit]

In November 2011, Joyce McKinney filed a lawsuit against Errol Morris. Filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, McKinney claims that Morris and his producer Mark Lipson told her they were filming for a TV documentary series about the paparazzi. McKinney is suing on the grounds that she was defamed as the film portrays her as "crazy, a sex offender, an S&M prostitute, and/or a rapist."[5]


  1. ^ "Why they're calling this snobby Titanic show 'Drownton Abbey'". Irish Independent. 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ Was It Love? The ‘Manacled Mormon’ and His Kinky Weekend July 14, 2011, New York Times A. O. Scott
  3. ^ "Tabloid film info from TIFF". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  4. ^ Michael Phillips (2011-07-14). "'70s scandal brought to spotlight in 'Tabloid'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ Hann, Michael (2011-11-08). "Joyce McKinney sues Errol Morris over Tabloid". The Guardian (London). 

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