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Dogging Tales

Thu Apr 4, 10-11.15pm, C4

‘You can never predict what will happen when you go dogging,’ says Les, 49. ‘You never know what happens when you go into the woods…’ Sadly – or perhaps happily, given that Les enjoys this pastime – predictability seems at the very heart of dogging. This doc, despite its explicitness, is only shocking in the grim disjunction between these ‘tales’ of repetitive, anonymous sex and the determination of filmmaker Leo Maguire to try and make them into something they’re not.

Watching your missus pulling a train of blokes in tracky bottoms in the back of a Vectra might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but why interview them in animal masks? Why all the spooky shots of startled wildlife and the hideous soundtrack of breathy electro? The participants seem, for the most part, emotional victims of hinted-at horrors. But not taking them at face value suggests that the greatest fantasist here is Maguire himself.



It was a very poor portrayal of dogging; they should have contacted Rachel Reveals and produced a proper dogging documentary

Jane Brewitt
Jane Brewitt

My husband and myself watched last night's 'DoggingTales' and weren't quite sure what we would be viewing. After a few cheap giggles we settled down and began to wonder how a so called 'documentary' like this was allowed to be made. I actually felt sorry for the 'doggers'' who all seemed to have been damaged in some capacity in their previous lives. None of them came across as happy, well rounded people. Leo Maguire only gave scant detail as to reasons why people would want to behave like this. I almost felt as though they were being abused by being shown to the public in such a manner. I didn't like the way the documentary was given the 'art house' treatment to somehow validate a quite frightening, and at times sinister subject. I also found the real dog going to the toilet on camera offensive...or was it a pop at 'dogging'?