Oscar winning filmmaker Errol Morris turns his signature style and ferocious curiosity on the infamous British tabloids and their obsession with scandal. 'Sex in chains' headlines and the stranger-than-fiction adventures of a former beauty queen come to life in Tabloid: Sex in Chains.
Morris follows the surreal account of American Joyce McKinney, accused of kidnapping and raping her Mormon boyfriend. The British Tabloids loved the story of "Joyce and the Manacled Mormon", and her exploits made the front page, over and over again with one salacious headline after another.
"It's not a porno story like these crazy newspapers have tried to make it. It's a love story."
- Joyce McKinney
McKinney's single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her to hire a team of men, fly to England, retrieve her beau from his Mormon mission, burn his magic underwear and finally consummate her love…before landing in an English jail accused of kidnapping.
McKinney fled England disguised as a deaf-mute and would have faded into obscurity if it weren't for the love of her dog, Booger and a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. Cloning Booger put McKinney back on the front pages and battling the tabloids once again.
"I don't see any connection at all between cloned puppies and a thirty-two-year-old sex-in-chains story."
- Joyce McKinney
At turns funny, strange, and disturbing, the latest film by the Academy Award-winning director of "The Fog of War" is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life.
"I didn't plan on any of the tabloids destroying my life, or the Mormons or the press or the wire services. That was not in my plans."
- Joyce McKinney
Main Opening credits
A Sundance Selects and Showtime Networks Presentation
Airloom Enterprises and Moxie Pictures Present
An Errol Morris Film
JULIE BILSON AHLBERG
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Interviewees in order of appearance
Jin Han Hong, PHD
In Memory of Karen Schmeer 1970-2010
First Assistant Director
Sophie Branson Gill
Associate Production Supervisors
1st Assistant Camera
2nd Assistant Camera
Production Sound Mixer
Lee Ann Jarvis
Make Up Artist
Angus Wall, A.C.E.
Post Production Supervisor
Rock Paper Scissors
Design and Animation
Online and Visual Effects
Additional Music by
P. Andrew Willis
Shie Rozow, MPSE
Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Effects Editor
Assistant Sound Editor
Cafe On Location
On Tap Video
RPM Power Systems
Stock Footage and Photographs
BBC Motion Gallery
Thought Equity Motion
Korean Press Conference Footage
Courtesy of RNL Bio
Courtesy of GM Corp
Vagina Dentata Illustration
inspired by Substance
Motion Picture and Television Clips
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Warner Brothers Pictures
The Godmakers I:
Leave it to Beaver: Episode Captain Jack
Newspaper and Book Graphic Sources
Joyce Mckinney and the Case of the Manacled Mormon, by Antony Delano
Mirror Books 1978
Farmhouse Accommodations in Devon
Bound To Please
Chopper; Custom Motorcycle Guide
The Daily Telegraph
Los Angeles Free Press
News of the World
New West Magazine
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission
Music & Lyrics: Newel Kay Brown 1969
Get Me to the Church on Time
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe 1964
Legal services provided by,
Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman, Inc.
Donaldson & Callif, LLP
Production Insurance provided by:
Taylor & Taylor, Ltd
Josh Braun/Submarine Entertainment
This picture made under the jurisdiction of AFL-CIO-CLC
EFILM Digital Laboratories
Dolby Digital in selected theatres
Prints by Deluxe®
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