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Morris, Errol
United States
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With Tabloid, Morris dismounts his high horse to revel in the grotesque saga of Joyce McKinney, the erstwhile Miss Wyoming and self-described Little Miss Perfect who, back in the heyday of Johnny Rotten and Poly Styrene, gave the British tabs another sort of bondage tale with her mad pursuit and alleged abduction of one Kirk Anderson, a young London-based missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The press dubbed it “The Case of the Manacled Mormon!” As reported in the November 23, 1977, edition of the London Evening News, a magistrates’ court was held rapt as “a young Mormon missionary told today how an ex–beauty queen kidnapped him and then made love to him while he was chained to a bed in a lonely cottage. Kirk Anderson, 21, said the girl, Joyce McKinney, and her friend, Keith May, tied down his arms and legs with leather straps, padlocks, chains and rope, so that he was…It’s perhaps because Morris’s subject is such easy, interesting fun that he also eschews the formalist precision that characterized his brilliant early work…Tabloid is, at least in part, a parody of religious belief. Morris’s sense of irony is evident throughout; McKinney’s is not. Even now, much of Joyce’s animus is directed toward the Mormons: “They made me think they were a church!” (A cursory online investigation suggests that McKinney became Mormon in the hope of landing one of the Osmonds—a strategic conversion unmentioned in the movie.)[J Hoberman,Village Voice]

Date Arrival: 
6 February 2012

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