Miss Americana helmer Lana Wilson’s newest documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields has gotten a first teaser and streaming premiere date, after wowing crowds in its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The brief teaser for the film, debuting on Hulu on April 3, can be viewed above.
A much-discussed two-parter, Pretty Baby offers a look at actor, model and cultural icon Brooke Shields as she transforms from a sexualized young girl to a woman discovering her power. Holding a mirror up to a society that objectifies women and girls, her story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world.
The film follows Shields through her extraordinary childhood and complex relationship with her mother and manager, Teri Shields. Shields’ professional career began at only 11 months old, working as a child model before starring in Louis Malle’s controversial film Pretty Baby at the age of 12. She became the face of the ‘eighties ’80s with Calvin Klein jeans ads, and leading roles in The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love, navigating the unrelenting scrutiny of the press and a culture that wanted to commodify her. After defying stereotypes by going to college, Shields re-enters the entertainment industry as an adult, but it isn’t until she begins to trust herself and her instincts that she’s able to find her identity and voice.
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields is produced by Matador Content and BedBy8 for ABC News Studios. The project is the first from BedBy8, the newly formed production company of Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and partner Alyssa Mastromonaco. Matador’s Jack Turner produced alongside Christine O’Malley, with Wilson, Wentworth, Mastromonaco, Stephanopoulos, Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Jacqueline Glover and Jennifer Joseph serving as EPs.
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