Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity From American Popular Culture releases in the U.S. this August after already having been launched for international sales after the 2020 online Cannes Festival. While the idea of stylized puppets may not lead you to think this is a piece that will be educational, it uses the humorous presentation to present viewers with the truth of fame and society’s views of women. Rock Salt recently acquired the rights and they very excited to be connected to this project.
Written, directed, produced, and starring Nicole Brending Dollhouse focuses on fictional child pop star Junie Spoons through the course of her life. Through her rise and fall within the public eye viewers see her in a 24-hour marriage, losing her virginity in a sex tape, and even being involved in a kidnapping and related bank heist. Each of these events is presented through news reports with multiple puppets. You will find yourself laughing out loud as you watch, but if you pay attention you will notice just how this movie works to show you how women, in particular child stars and pop stars become figures that the media only cares about when something extreme is happening to them.
I was very curious about this film and when I initially saw images I was even more intrigued. The visuals are something that feels like a blend between childhood television and images you would see all over the E network. I was both engrossed by what I watched and I kept making real life comparisons as I went through. I would strongly recommend Dollhouse, especially to people who are infatuated with what many call trashy tv or with tabloids. You can find out more on the official Dollhouse website.