SURVIVOR · AUTHOR

Dawn's story is told in her memoir, The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes, and the film, Wonderland, in which she is portrayed by actress Kate Bosworth; John Holmes is played by Val Kilmer. Dawn was also filmed to tell her story in the 2011 Travel Channel's Hidden City Crime Files—The Wonderland Murders and the 2013 Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel's Poisoned Passions—Pornstar Pedophile.

 

WONDERLAND
Released 2003, Lions Gate Studios
Director: James Cox
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Val Kilmer, 
Lisa Kudrow, Dylan McDermott

THE ROAD THROUGH WONDERLAND:
SURVIVING JOHN HOLMES

2010, Medallion Press
Author: Dawn Schiller
Foreward: Val Kilmer and  Kate Bosworth

 

In this interview, Dawn explains how the movie led to the decision to write her memoir. 

 

Dawn has survived. This book is a testimony to her will to overcome. As we wrote, shot and cut ‘Wonderland,’ she allowed us absolute transparency on a darkness few ever experience. She understood hers was a story to be told, not just as a cautionary tale against the horrors of violence and abuse, but as a beacon leading others in her predicament out of peril. This book is her triumph, but the narrative weaved within these pages is a true nightmare that will haunt you, as it did me, for years.
— JAMES COX, DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER OF 'WONDERLAND'

Top photos: Dawn with Wonderland cast—Kate Bosworth, Val Kilmer and director James Cox
Bottom photos: Dawn at The Road Through Wonderland book signings


I was nineteen years old when we embarked on the cinematic journey of Wonderland. As I immersed myself in the depths of this film, I began to realize we were not only retelling a story filled with incomprehensible evil, but one of hope, of overcoming the darkest of circumstances and surviving. Dawn, I thank you for sharing your story not only with me, but with the many people who will now take strength from your honesty. And who will be encouraged to not only survive but, like you, to thrive.
— KATE BOSWORTH, ACTRESS