This successful documentary delves into the secretive world of 'female masking', where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into a second skin.
Secrets of the Living Dolls is one of the most successful and talked about single documentaries of 2014.
The film literally unmasked a secretive, undocumented community of straight, shy, suburban, family men who spend their spare time squeezed into lovingly rendered silicon female masks and body suits that have to be seen to be believed.
Some of them lie to their wives and kids and day jobs are a necessary evil to fund their next latex fix. In Minneapolis, “Vanessa” a middle aged teacher and his best friend “Jennifer”, a macho forklift operator, take wildly different approaches to telling their wives and children about their unusual hobby. In Orange County, real estate agent Robert hides from the death of his mother behind his favourite mask “Sherry”. And in the UK, Jessie, a conservative twenty-something bar worker struggles to stop masking, jeopardising his relationship with his girlfriend.
Manufacturers Femskin, a family business based deep in the conservative heartland of the American Bible Belt is struggling to meet the demand.
The film was watched by 2.8 million viewers on Channel 4 in the UK making it one of the highest rated shows of the year. It also generated an extraordinary 52,000 tweets in the hour it was on air creating an international buzz which has led to the film being sold to several countries including a significant sale to TLC in the US.
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