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n. pl. mock·u·men·ta·ries
A fictional movie or television program that is a parody made in the style of a factual documentary.

[Blend of mock and documentary.]


(ˌmɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Broadcasting) a satirical television or radio programme in the form of a parody of a documentary
[C20: from mock + (doc)umentary]
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Bowdoin Van Riper, and Robert Weiner look at mockumentaries that present stories of fictional individuals such as Fae Richards, a forgotten black character actor from the 1930s, fictional organizations such as the "Negro American Space Society of Astronauts," and fictional events such as the failed Hollandia expedition to Antarctica.
Nowhere has Allen more thoroughly explored the narratological nuances of this cinematic form than in the two mockumentaries he created after the 1990s.
Now mockumentaries can be hilariously side-splitting - like The Office - or painfully unfunny, like er.
IF you like mockumentaries, you should get a kick out of this new Australian offering, set in a high school Down Under.
SPINAL Tap star Christopher Guest has won plaudits recently for directing mockumentaries Best In Show and A Mighty Wind.
Christopher Guest's comic mockumentaries (``Waiting for Guffman,'' ``A Mighty Wind,'' etc.
In the latter part of the 20th century, feature films and documentaries sometimes merged into mockumentaries (fictional works in a documentary format) and docudramas (reality-based works in a fictional format).
The first of four mockumentaries will premiere today on a branded channel created at Break.
Mockumentaries play with our inner worlds, as well as our social lives, at times, gently, at others, drawing blood.
Guest's mockumentaries, as they have been called, often rely on subtle humor and character development to make them work.
In fact, with many mockumentaries (such as Bunuel's Land Without Bread, Jacir's Like Twenty Impossibles, Belvaux and Bonzel's Man Bites Dog, Robbins' Bob Roberts, Block's No Lies, Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale, and Minahan's Series 7) the 'deception' of realism is employed in order to make social commentary, and therefore implies a far greater sense of public service than reality TV.
Christopher Guest may believe that only he and his buddies know how to make funny mockumentaries.