Tabloid (film)

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 film directed by Errol Morris. It tells the story of Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 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 the United Kingdom and triggered a circulation battle between two popular tabloid newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express.

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

In November 2011, Joyce McKinney filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Errol Morris, claiming that Morris and his producer Mark Lipson told her they were filming for a TV documentary series about the paparazzi. McKinney sued 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] In 2013 the case was found in Morris' favour.


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