The Dollhouse

For decades, The Dollhouse stood in a frozen field just off of highway #2 in the Canadian Prairies. A match was lit and, in a few moments, its walls and everything they held were lost forever.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Chad Galloway, Heather Benning

Filmmakers’ statement

The Dollhouse is an experimental, non-fiction film documenting the decommissioning of Heather Benning’s artwork The Dollhouse.

Simone de Beauvoir wrote that, “The past is not a peaceful landscape lying there behind me, a country in which I can stroll wherever I please; and which will gradually show me all it’s secret hills and dales. As I was moving forward, so it was crumbling. Most of the wreckage that can still be seen is distorted, frozen … here and there, I see occasional pieces whose melancholy beauty enchants me.”

Picture and sound editing by Thomas Sabinsky
Music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

About Chad Galloway and Heather Benning

Chad Galloway       Heather Benning

Chad Galloway is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, motion designer, husband and father.

Heather Benning is a Saskatchewan-based artist known for creating large-scale art installations in remote, rural areas.

The Dollhouse is their first film collaboration.

One comment

  1. Siobhan Doherty

    Such an amazing collaboration. This film is both visually and emotionally charged. It is as if The Dollhouse, haunted by time, opens a place for reflection, reverence, release…and more.
    Excellent!

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