“Miss Americana” helmer Lana Wilson is directing the two-part Hulu documentary that premiered at Sundance 2023.
Nothing can come between Brooke Shields and her self-worth.
The former child star, infamous Calvin Klein supermodel and Hollywood icon is the focus of the two-part documentary “Pretty Baby,” directed by Lana Wilson (“Miss Americana”). The film debuted at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where executive producer Ali Wentworth encouraged pioneering creatives not to “listen to ‘no, you can’t.’
“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” is a breathtaking look at the actress, model and icon as she transforms from a sexualized young girl to a woman discovering her power, according to an official synopsis. Holding up a mirror to a society that objectifies women and girls, her story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world.
The documentary was produced by ABC News Studios in collaboration with Matador Content and Bedby8. The film is the debut project of BedBy8, the production company newly founded by Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and partner Alyssa Mastromonaco. Christine O’Malley and Jack Turner are producers, with director Wilson, Wentworth, Mastromonaco, Stephanopoulos, Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Jacqueline Glover and Jennifer Joseph serving as executive producers.
“Pretty Baby” is named after Shields’ 1978 film and follows the icon through his extraordinary childhood and complex relationship with his mother and manager, Teri Shields.
Shields’ professional career began when she was just 11 months old, working as a child model before starring in Louis Malle’s controversial film ‘Pretty Baby’ at the age of 12. He became the face of the 80s with Calvin Klein jeans commercials and starring roles. in the films “The Blue Lagoon” and “Endless Love” during the relentless scrutiny of the press and the culture that wants to commodify him. After defying stereotypes and attending college, Shields re-enters the entertainment industry as an adult, but it’s not until she begins to trust herself and her instincts that she finds her identity and voice.
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland praised the “disturbing” documentary for not shying away from Shields’ high-profile status. “Viewers who have never seen the early interviews with Shields — who began her modeling career as an infant and made it into someone who has literally been famous for most of her life — are likely to be shocked to see how Shields was treated in seemingly friendly conversations” — written by Erbland. “She’s almost always an object, she’s constantly being told how pretty she is, complimented just for her looks, she’s just a face and a body for people. As one talking head explains, Shields was “the nuclear version of being judged by your looks.”
“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” premieres April 3 on Hulu.
Check out the trailer below.
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