Chris Lilley is an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician and writer
, who got his major start as the drama teacher, Mr. G.
, in the sketch comedy series Big Bite
. The series ended after one season, and Lilley went on to create four subsequent mocumentary-style series, We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year
, Summer Heights High
, Angry Boys
, and most recently Ja'mie: Private School Girl
. Each show consists of primary characters all played by Lilley, ranging from a 47 year old woman with skeletal dysplasia
, a 13-year-old school boy with a Tongan accent
(NSFW language), a 24 year-old African American rap artist from Los Angeles
(NSFW language), and a 16 year old girl from a grammar school
, to name a few. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 8, 2014 -
The new TV show "The Samaritans"
is a mockumentary inspired by The Office about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing.”
Over at Warscape, some wry advice
for a "development officer of a not-for-profit yearning for a celebrity of your very own" after Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern flubbed her "African adventure,"
mixing up Dakar with Darfur. “We have to break in our new celebrities slowly,” confides Sarah Wilson, a World Vision representative who is chaperoning McGovern on the trip. “There will be lots of breaks so she doesn’t get overloaded.”
) (more previouslier
posted by spamandkimchi
on Feb 10, 2014 -
This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.
A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.
Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny
posted by Rumple
on Jan 30, 2014 -
is a mockumentary web series about fashion and modeling from an insider's view, executed with very dry humor. Real-life models
play themselves, only more ridiculous, sarcastic, or preening, and the show's protagonist, a real-life model casting director, is "one of a handful of human beings who could make Anna Wintour crack a genuine smile
." Samples: I Made That Baby
, RJ's World
, Reality Wars
, Save SoSo
. [more inside]
posted by Vispa Teresa
on Aug 5, 2013 -
: is a documentary film set in the not too distant future, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda.
posted by lemuring
on Jun 15, 2013 -
In the late 1970s the UK's Anglia Television ran a respected weekly documentary series: Science Report.
But when the show was cancelled in 1977, the producers decided to channel Orson Welles in their final episode. The result was Alternative 3
. Over the course of the hour, the audience would learn that a Science Report
investigation into the UK "brain drain" had uncovered shocking revelations: man-made pollution had resulted in catastrophic climate change, the Earth would soon be rendered uninhabitable, and a secret American / Soviet joint plan was in place to establish colonies on the Moon and Mars. The show ended with footage of a US/Soviet Mars landing from May 22, 1962. After Alternative 3 aired, thousands of panicked viewers phoned the production company and demanded to know how long they had left to change planets. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 20, 2012 -
In 1999 and 2000, and again from 1995 to 1997, the BBC's Roy Mallard travelled across Britain documenting the everyday lives of ordinary citizens--people like us--for a documentary series with the odd title People Like Us
, to show that these everyday peoples' ordinary lives are indeed just like ours, or us, and we, like theirs, or them.
Sample episodes in the series: Actors 1
/ a Vicar 1
/ Freelance Photographer 1
/ The Pilot Episode, which turned out to be the final episode 1
/ [Wikipedia] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Aug 9, 2009 -
The Hellstrom Chronicle
"The film posits a theory any science fiction buff would glom onto in a second—that dominion over the world will come down to a battle between two classes of Kingdom Animalia, Man and insects, and that insects will win." Watch on youtube
, 11 parts.
posted by dhruva
on Dec 29, 2008 -
What If...Bob Dylan wrote almost every song of the last 30 years in his heyday, but never got around to recording them properly? New York City's Post Show Ensemble dredges up lost footage for No Direction, Period.
posted by beaucoupkevin
on Jan 17, 2007 -
Men With Cramps.
Watch the groundbreaking documentary and discover how Cyclical Non-Uterine Dysmenorrhea calls into question not only the shaping of world history, but the spelling of the word history.
posted by kindle
on Oct 24, 2006 -
Japanese professor Kenji Sugimoto has a long-standing fascination with the brain of Albert Einstein. In the early nineties he travelled to the United States in search of it. This bizarre 1994 documentary
(YouTube, multiple parts
) by Kevin Hull (UK) chronicles his quest. Fake or real? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Sep 1, 2006 -
is a mysterious band
formed in 1973 (or '74, depending on the website) by future Eurythmic Dave Stewart and his "soulmate" Erin Grace. Tidbits from various sources
speak of underground parties with celeb devotees
, a lost collaboration
with George Harrison, and a sudden disappearance by Ms. Grace who was never seen again. Except it seems the whole thing is a to-be-released album on Interscope, created by Stewart and Kara DioGuardi
, a songwriter who pens tunes for top 40 artists.
posted by ktoad
on Mar 23, 2006 -
LIFE IMITATES CABLE ACCESS Thy Spy
is actually a cut above cable access,
being a fairly well-executed mock documentary about an out of control Christian private eye which was shown at last year's Dallas Video Festival. The scary thing is that what seemed outrageous and over the top a year ago
is now becoming business as usual in this country. Watch the movie (it's about 15 minutes) then check out these recent news items: here
posted by sparky
on Apr 4, 2004 -
if you're in California you're undoubtedly aware of the bitter intrastate rivalry. if you're not here, now you can get caught up: Slowcal vs. NOcal
posted by donkeysuck
on Oct 3, 2002 -