Film Programme

Sea Oak

Fri 26 February, 17:00–22:45
Sat 27 February, 12:00–23:00
Sun 28 February, 12:30–23:00
VRC Centre Space
Entry: Free, just go down the stairs into the VRC to find it


“Emily Wardill puts her viewer between a rock and a hard place. Her films focus on those brief moments of clarity, when truth and fiction blur, and our reason is sent ricocheting across the universe like a pinball.” says The Guardian


A film installation as both allegory and investigation of The Rockridge Institute² and their research into 'framing' and the use of metaphor within political discourse.


It’s a precision-engineered example of how to rework a basic axiom of film so as to best engage with a particular subject. Rockridge’s aim was to explore how language, metaphor and framing (as used in politics) project images into our minds. When compiling the film from over 8 hours of interviews with Rockridge staff, Emily realised that her film too had to start with language as a projection: an imageless film, projecting ideas and (linguistic, metaphoric) images from black film leader and sound³.

¹ No less.

² From Wiki: “The Rockridge Institute was an (Left-leaning) American non-profit research and progressive think tank located in Berkeley, California from 2003 until April 30, 2008. Its stated goal was to strengthen democracy by providing intellectual support to the progressive community.”

³ “When I told Peter Gidal (chief theorist of the 1970s film avant-garde, and its most austere image-maker) that his almost entirely black film with a soundtrack of interviews of Nicaraguan revolutionaries had been in my mind when I was editing my own 51-minute entirely imageless film, he replied ‘That’ll be a hit’.”