Tabloid

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
Credits (Click to expand)

Main Opening credits

A Sundance Selects and Showtime Networks Presentation

Airloom Enterprises and Moxie Pictures Present

An Errol Morris Film

DIRECTED BY 

ERROL MORRIS

PRODUCERS 

JULIE BILSON AHLBERG 

MARK LIPSON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS 

ROBERT FERNANDEZ 

ERROL MORRIS

ANGUS WALL

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ROBERT CHAPPELL

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

STEVE HARDIE

GRAPHICS

ROB FENG

JEREMY LANDMAN

EDITOR

GRANT SURMI

COMPOSER 

JOHN KUSIAK

Interviewees in order of appearance

Joyce McKinney

Peter Tory

Troy Williams

Jackson Shaw

Kent Gavin

Jin Han Hong, PHD

In Memory of Karen Schmeer 1970-2010

Michael Brewer

First Assistant Director

Co-producer

Ajae Clearway

Associate Producer 

Max Daly

Senior Researcher

Ann Petrone

Researchers

Sam Bjork

Sophie Branson Gill

Julie Fischer

T.J. Young

Production Supervisor

Dina Piscatelli

Associate Production Supervisors

Adam Picchietti

Rebekah Sindoris

Aimee Flaherty

Production Assistant

Nevada Basile

DIT

Mauricio Guitierrez

1st Assistant Camera

John Sekula

2nd Assistant Camera

Jared Washburn

Gaffers

Electricians

Rob McCarthy

Simon Cho

Electricians

Will Reid

Joe Weireter

Key Grip

Brian Beverly

Grips

Paul Salmi

Sandy Stanton

Joel Prescott

Prop Master

Jon Gold

Construction Coordinator

Dan Turk

Production Sound Mixer

Bruce Perlman

Video Assist

Aaron Kaikko

Script Supervisor

Maggie Causey

Wardrobe Supervisor

Miriam Burke 

Lee Ann Jarvis

Make Up Artist

Fran Maxwell

Korean Translator

Won Park

Production Assistants

Steve Bagnara

Jacquie Boubion 

Doug Bratcher 

Dave Burg 

Matthew Hinrichs 

Nicki Lingroso

Michael Rubman 

Calla Statszko 

Anais Wade

Mel Young

Contributing Editors

Angus Wall, A.C.E.

Steven Hathaway

Additional Editing

David Brodie

Editorial Assistant

Austyn Daines

Nathan Sumperton

Post Production Supervisor

Mark Lipson

Editorial Facilities

Rock Paper Scissors

Design and Animation

Elastic

Animator

Jonathan Ficcadenti

Additional Animation

Eric Demeusy

Steven Do

Jiaren Hui

Michael Reith

Online and Visual Effects

a52

Colorists

Paul Yacono

Online Editor

Brendan Crockett

Compositor

Kurt Lawson

Technical Engineers

Kevin Bass

Yannick LeBlanc

Online Producer

James Taylor

Additional Music by

P. Andrew Willis

Music Editor

Shie Rozow, MPSE

Supervising Sound Editor

Skip Lievsay

Dialogue Editor

David Bach

Sound Effects Editor

Joel Dougherty

Assistant Sound Editor

Phil Barrie

Re-recording Mixers

Skip Lievsay

David Bach

Re-recording Facility

Warner Brothers 

Burbank, CA

Special Thanks

Linda Carlson

Kimberly Colen

Tony Delano

Stuart Elgrod

Greg Hodes

Bruce Perlman

Julia Sheehan

Catherine Sugar

Alternative Camera

Arrow Grip

Aspen Travel

Cafe On Location 

Hotel Oceana 

On Tap Video

RPM Power Systems

Showbiz Stages

Vision Prompt

Stock Footage and Photographs

Licensed From:

BBC Motion Gallery 

Corbis Motion

Getty Images

Trent Harris 

ITN Source 

Mr. Footage

Prelinger Archives

Thought Equity Motion

Korean Press Conference Footage

Courtesy of RNL Bio

Stock Photos

Daily Mirror

Corvette Photo

Courtesy of GM Corp

Beechcraft Photos

Keith Eels

Vagina Dentata Illustration

inspired by Substance

Motion Picture and Television Clips

Brief Encounter

Universal Pictures

1945

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Paramount Pictures

1972

Caged

Warner Brothers Pictures

1950

The Godmakers I:

Jeremiah Films

1982

Leave it to Beaver: Episode Captain Jack

Universal Studios

1957

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 

Daily Express

Daily Mail

Daily Mirror

The Daily Telegraph

Evening News

Evening Standard

Los Angeles Free Press 

Midnight Globe

News of the World 

New West Magazine

The Sun

Sunday People

Music

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.

Clearance Counsel:

Donaldson & Callif, LLP

Production Insurance provided by:

Taylor & Taylor, Ltd

Distribution Advisor

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®

SHOWTIME

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