Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Shane MeadowsCritical Essays$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676392

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

‘Shane, don't film this bit’: Comedy and Performance in Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee

‘Shane, don't film this bit’: Comedy and Performance in Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee

(p.142) Chapter 10 ‘Shane, don't film this bit’: Comedy and Performance in Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee
Shane Meadows
Brett Mills
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee as a comic film that uses documentary form. The film is a mockumentary, in which Meadows plays himself, but other performers play fictional characters. A key assumption in analyses of mockumentary is that the form is used to explore the idea of performance in everyday life, and the ways in which individuals attempt to manage how they are perceived by others. This aspect of examined throughout analysis of Le Donk in the film. ?This is related to debates about masculinity and the surveillance society. The chapter also explores Meadows role – both in front and behind the camera – and interrogates what we can understand about a filmmaker known for the autobiographical element of their work adopting a format in which they appear as themselves, but primarily behind the camera. The chapter also questions why this film has received less attention than others of Meadows, and suggests its comic tone has meant it has been categorised as less significant than his more ‘serious’ works.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, Comedy, Documentary, Mockumentary, Performance, Masculinity, surveillance society

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.