Emily Wardill presented her first feature-length moving image work at The Showroom in 2010. Game Keepers Without Game was a contemporary melodrama about a teenage girl, given up for adoption as a baby, who is unknowingly brought back into the life of her biological father. Things aren't quite as straightforward after that. A stunning work in almost every aspect, the film has been a catalyst for Wardill's subsequent international critical successes. Tonight is the London premiere of Wardill's second feature length piece, for one night only at Hackney Picturehouse, and which includes a Q&A with the artist.
Fulll Firearms is a return to melodrama and its discontents. Based loosely on the life of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House (when in use, of course, known simply as Winchester House), the film tells the story of Imelda, an arms manufacturing heiress who becomes haunted by the spirits of people killed by the guns made by her father's company. Heartbreakingly, she builds a house for them, and when squatters enter the house, she becomes convinced that the ghosts have been made flesh.
As Game Keepers Without Game came to prominence, a wider audience became aware of Wardill's exceptional talent, grown and developed through the creation and exegesis of her short-form work. Fulll Firearms feels like a natural step in Wardill's career, and it only indicates that there will be more and better to come. Whether it plays in cinemas or in galleries, Fulll Firearms will be one of the highlights of your cultural year.
FULLL FIREARMS is co-commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and Film London's FLAMIN Productions. It is co-produced by FLAMIN Productions and City Projects with support from MHKA, Antwerp, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims.
Fulll Firearms has its London premiere at Hackney Picturehouse tonight, and includes a Q&A with writer/director Emily Wardill.