Daily reviews and interviews



Emerging Visions
D: Kirsten Sheridan; with Seána Kerslake, Shane Curry, Jack Reynor

Anyone familiar with the work of Irish director Sheridan knows she's not one to shy away from confrontational, often emotionally volatile topics that, in one way or another, focus on the reckless abandon of youth. Her 2001 debut feature, Disco Pigs, still sets a person vibrating 11 years on, but even that stunner pales in comparison to Dollhouse, which is simply incendiary. Working with teenage actors from a 15-page outline and completely improvisational dialogue, Sheridan's film is like Lord of the Flies meets A Clockwork Orange, jacked up on pills and booze, twisted teenage hormones gone mad. Newcomer Seána Kerslake is Jeannie, the fragile, terrified heart of a story that momentarily leaps into heaven before crashing back down to a ruinously banal postpubescent bacchanal gone haywire. Indescribable, unforgettable, and a damn near perfect piece of art, Dollhouse is the real, frightening deal.

Saturday, March 17, 5pm, Stateside

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Hawking'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Michael King, March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Film Reviews: 'Museum Hours'
Daily reviews and interviews

Andy Campbell, March 15, 2013

More by Marc Savlov
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
The Prince is dead, long live the Prince

Aug. 7, 2022

Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone
Texas-made luchadores-meets-wire-fu playful adventure

April 29, 2022


SXSW Film, Kirsten Sheridan, Dollhouse, Séana Kerslake, Seana Kerslake

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle