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Fulll Firearms

Emily Wardill

UK, 2012
80 minutes, Colour, 5.1 surround, 16:9
Original format: HD video
Available formats: BluRay

Fulll Firearms is the first feature film by British artist Emily Wardill. Based on the legend of Sarah Winchester, it presents the story of Imelda, the daughter of an arms manufacturer, who is possessed by the idea that she will be haunted by the ghosts of those killed by her father’s weapons. She uses her inheritance to build a house intended to accommodate the ghosts and lessen her guilt. Her fantasies are contrasted with the targeted approach of the architect who tries to implement her wishes architecturally, but whose grasp of reality becomes increasingly unsettled as the building is occupied by squatters who Imelda believes to be the ghosts she has been expecting and who take up a permanent place in her life.Wardill builds a melodramatic narrative that breaks up, shifts and ultimately confounds a linear reading. The film revolves around the relationships between the protagonists and their behavior in times of conflict. Wardill creates a tension between characters that exist at the borders of their physical and mental capacity and demonstrates that instability, paranoia and a loss of reality are not found on the edges of modern society, but at its center. They represent the drivers of a plot that questions the normalization and control of social behavior. It is the delusions of the protagonist, Imelda, which draws the story along and undermines the distinction between imagination and reality.