A unique documentary by a University of the West of Scotland (UWS) lecturer is to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.
The Wolf Suit, directed by BA Filmmaking Programme Leader Sam Firth, will make its debut at the world-renowned showcase on Friday 8 October, with a follow-up screening being held on Sunday 10 October.
The highly personal movie looks at Sam’s childhood, and why her memories of the past differ so drastically from that of her sister and parents; employing a range of creative narrative techniques.
As part of her journey during the film, Sam drafts in her parents as co-directors as they utilise professional actors to recreate their recollections of the past.
Sam said: “In a weird way, work on the film started back when I was a teenager and made tape recordings of my parents telling their different stories.
“The Wolf Suit, as a film, is a story on two levels. In a general sense, it looks at memory and truth, and how we construct stories from our past.
“More specifically, it tells my personal family story and tries to get to the bottom of why my recollections of the past are different to that of my family.
“It’s really exciting to see it make its debut at the BFI London Film Festival – I think it’s the kind of film that needs to be seen in front of an audience, who can then discuss what they’ve just seen, rather than a small screen.”
Filming on The Wolf Suit began in 2018, and Sam directed, produced and edited the film herself.
Students from the University’s highly regarded BA and MA Filmmaking courses were heavily involved in making the film a reality.
Sam added: “I couldn’t have done this without UWS. I’ve had a huge amount of support from the department, and from students, and I am tremendously grateful for this.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the audience, and industry figures, respond to the film – I’m excited that this project is finally going to be out there, for the world to see.”
For more information about The Wolf Suit, visit: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=wolfsuit.
To learn more about studying BA Filmmaking at UWS, visit: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-course-search/filmmaking-screen-writing.
To learn more about studying MA Filmmaking at UWS, visit: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-course-search/filmmaking.
The Wolf Suit on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15464706.