Dolls are creepy play things. With dull unblinking eyes and pouty baby lips, they lay in the corner of the room, waiting, never sleeping, even with eyes closed. I'm reminded of the strange marionette from the film Cabaret and the fantastic animated dolls of Czech film-maker Jan Svankmajer. Dolls seen this way mirror the anxiety and dread that inhabit a grown-up world.
Children must see it differently. For them, dolls become a blank screen on which to project their hopes, dreams and wishes for a life that is anything but a fantasy.