Works&Projects

Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck
by Emily Wardill

three blue figures seen through a black cut out framework

Video:

  • 13 minute 30 second extract from Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck

Images:

  • 1Film still from Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck
  • 2Film still from Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck
  • 3Film still from Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck
  • 4Production image: cast and crew
  • 5Production image: Emily Wardill working with the cast
  • 6Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck installed at Picture This, Bristol, UK

Film still from Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck

Synopsis:

Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck melds dark allegorical scenes with slapstick comedy. It was produced as part of a Bristol Mean Time residency in partnership with Film London Artist's Moving Image Network.

Emily Wardill's 16mm film Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck employs imagery from the tradition of British ecclesiastic stained-glass painting to create a complex and richly layered film combining humour with a deep sense of unease.

The film points to diverse theoretical and art historical references, from John Ruskin to Jaques Ranciere, and from nineteenth-century cubist painting to Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial 1963 short film La Ricotta (for which he was imprisoned for blasphemy on the basis of ‘enacting' a religious scene as a comedy sketch).

A series of seemingly unrelated scenes time travel through diverse temporalities: medieval scenes collide with the banalities of modern-day office life. A soundtrack of nineteenth-century choral music juxtaposed with dance hall beats, spoken dialogue and voice-overs becomes an additional discordant layer.

Details:

Year 2007
Duration 12 minutes
Medium Single screen 16mm film projection
Original format Digital Betacam
Screening format 16mm film
Aspect ratio 4:3
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1

Credits:

Produced as part of the Film London / Picture this Bristol Mean Time Residency. Supported by The Elephant Trust out of the George Melhuish Bequest.

Screening history:

22 October 2010 - 02 January 2011
Gamekeepers without Game
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

18 September - 28 November 2010
DeAppel, Amsterdam

05 September - 13 December 2009
Beating the Bounds
Tate Britain, London

05 December 2007 - 27 January 2008
ICA, London, UK

31 October - 01 December 2007
Picture This Atelier

28 October 2007
London Film Festival, UK

54th Biennale di Arte di Venezia

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