There’s no denying the importance of real documentary work, but sometimes we just want to blur the line between reality and fiction, play with tropes and expectations. And nothing does that quite like mocumentaries.
A serious documentary about the New Orleans 2005 flooding disaster, directed by Derek Smalls in This Is Spinal Tap and the voice of Flanders, Smithers, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons?
You can’t make this stuff up, and that’s what I love about show biz.
Yes, “New Orleanian” Harry Shearer has brought us The Big Uneasy, an eye-opening look at the time when the President and the press were calling the Katrina situation “a natural disaster,” and it wasn’t! As Shearer learned, it was the result of man-made design and construction flaws.
I just talked with Shearer to open some floodgates of information.
Me: Hi, Harry. Were you always such a muckracker?
Shearer: When I was helping edit the school newspaper in college, I ran a series on wasted space in the student union. That was the last time!