Though the term was coined in reference to the groundbreaking 'This is Spinal Tap', Rob Reiner cannot claim ownership of the fake documentary genre. Woody Allen's debut as director 'Take the Money and Run' is an early example, but undoubtedly the number of these satirical slices of life has risen of late, reflecting the popularity (and banality) of reality television. Christopher Guest took the format and ran with it ('Best in Show', 'A MIghty Wind', 'Waiting for Guffman'), and classics include serial killer profile 'Man Bites Dog', Lars von Trier oddity 'The Idiots' and of course the cringingly accurate 'The Office'. Check out Alice's collection below.

Series 7: The Contenders (2000)

Director: Daniel Minahan
Starring: Brooke Smith, Glenn Fitzgerald, Marylouise Burke, Michael Kaycheck, Richard Vent...

Trenchant satire of America's obsession with Reality TV shows follows a game show called "The Contenders," in which five contestants are filmed huntin... Read more

Sex Sells - The Making of Touche (2005)

Director: Johnathan Liebert
Starring: Mark de Carlo, Adrian Zmed, Priscilla Barnes

A world record orgy, wild sex scenes, ninjas... just a typical day at the office when you happen to work on a porn set. Director Chuck Steak (Mark DeC... Read more

Short Poppies (2014)

Starring: Rhys Darby, David Farrier

Journalist David Farrier goes on a quest to small town New Zealand to find the average Kiwi. What he finds in this mockumentary series, is a lovable b... Read more

Showboy (2002)

Director: Lindy Heyman, Christian Taylor
Starring: Christian Taylor, Lindy Heyman, Erich Miller, Joe Daly, Adrian Armas, Siegfried...

This clever mockumentary from 'Six Feet Under' writer Christian Taylor and filmmaker Lindy Heyman, follows Taylor's exile from L.A. (having been dumpe... Read more

Stalking Santa (2006)

Director: Greg Kiefer
Starring: Chris Clark, Daryn Tufts, Lisa Clark, Narrated by, William Shatner

A devoted 'Santaologist' in search of the world's greatest living mystery attempts to cut through government conspiracy, big business hush-ups, and co... Read more

Summer Heights High (2007)

Director: Stuart McDonald
Starring: Chris Lilley

In this hilarious mockumentary series, created and written by Chris Lilley ('We Can Be Heroes'), Chris plays three characters whose lives are document... Read more

SuperBob (2015)

Director: Jon Drever
Starring: Ruth Sheen, Catherine Tate, David Harewood, Laura Haddock, Natalia Tena, Brett G...

Six years ago, Robert Kenner, a mild-mannered postman from Peckham, South London was struck by a meteor which bestowed him with super powers. Today, B... Read more

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, Samantha Morton, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman, Woody A...

Woody Allen's affectionate, pseudo-documentary centres on Emmet Ray (Sean Penn), "the second best jazz guitarist in the world", a '30s music virtuoso... Read more

Take The Money And Run (1969)

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Woody Allen

Woody Allen's first film as writer/director/star. This fake documentary charts the life of bungling petty criminal Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen), usi... Read more

The Big Tease (1999)

Director: Kevin Allen
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Frances Fisher, Chris Langham

A bright, witty comedy/mockumentary about a Scottish hairdresser determined to compete in a huge L.A. Hairdressing Competition. This fish-out-of-water... Read more