The authors examine the mock-documentary through the specific relationship which the form constructs with documentary. This is part of a wider discussion of the increasingly fragile association between factual codes and conventions and the discourses which underpin the documentary genre. Their analysis includes detailed discussions of a number of key mock-documentary texts ranging from Woody Allen's Zelig , Peter Greenway's The Falls and the Beatles spoof The Rutles through to such classic examples as Bob Roberts , This is Spinal Tap and Man bites Dog .
Craig Hight is a Lecturer in the Department of Screen and Media Studies, Waikato University, New Zealand. Jane Roscoe teaches in the School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia