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Secrets of the Living Dolls

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This eye-opening documentary delves into the secretive world of 'female masking', where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into a second skin.

Female maskers, also known as 'dolls', are a hidden community of ordinary family men who lead extraordinary double lives, dressing up in elaborate rubber suits as they strive to become their own ideal fantasy woman. There are thousands of female maskers all over the world, but most have kept their secret behind closed doors.

This documentary enters this private world, meeting the men coming to terms with what has, for many, become an all-consuming hobby, spending thousands of hours and hundreds of pounds creating their alter-egos.

Seventy-year-old Robert lives in a suburban mansion in California. After ten years of marriage, he was recently divorced. He now shares his house with his teenage daughter and keeps his hobby private.

For six years, Robert has spent every spare moment becoming 'Sherry'. Having spent years doing this in private, Robert has made a big decision: soon he will take Sherry into the big wide world for the first time, when he attends a secret gathering of female maskers in Minneapolis, Rubberdoll Rendezvous.

The organiser of the Rubberdoll Rendezvous is Jon, aka 'Jennifer', a forklift operator and father of six.

British bartender Joel and his girlfriend Mel are moving in together for the first time. Until now, Joel has hidden his 15 years of female masking from his parents, but with his newfound freedom he intends to make up for lost time. His first challenge is to reveal his alter ego, 'Jessie', to his closest friends. But their emotional reaction isn't quite what he expected.

The film also meets the manufacturers, Femskin, a family-run firm in America's Bible Belt who developed an ultra-light wearable female body-suit and who are struggling to keep up with demand.

Secrets of the Living Dolls synopsis

A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the secretive world of female masking, where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into elaborate rubber second skins

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