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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.]
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(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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EVERYTHING about new sitcom What We Do In The Shadows (BBC2, Sunday) - based on the 2014 mockumentary film of the same name - is a delight.
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Simon notes that even when McLaren failed to pay the Sex Pistols following their global success in the late '70s, he took the opportunity to add it to his ever increasing list of achievements with the mockumentary film, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.
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Both reality TV and mockumentary film can be regarded as (conscious or unconscious) responses to the dilemma touched on by Godard: the spectacular trumping the documentary aspects of cinema.
Christopher Guest is the director of classic mockumentary films, including Waiting for Guff man, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, and the man who played rock'n' roll guitarist Nigel Tufnel in This is Spinal Tap His latest film, Mascots, was released by Netflix last fall.
I didn't mind at all--while I am very familiar with Lynch and her work (I'm a fan in general, but in particular of her work with Christopher Guest on his various mockumentary films), I was refreshing my memory of her performances on Glee, and had just finished watching an interview piece on her website related to the It Gets Better project when the phone rang.
All of these criteria are useful in constructing a fluid, contextually-dependent framework for considering mockumentary films, and within that framework lies a key, much-agreed point: the mockumentary owes its lifeblood to the documentary form which it references.
But while pic adopts the style of the superior mockumentary films by Shearer's Spinal Tap band-mate Christopher Guest (and borrows several of their cast members), it's difficult to grasp the thrust of Shearer's satire.