The Wolf Suit: The Making of Memories

Sam Firth (Artist)

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The Wolf Suit uses the process of filmmaking, reconstruction and editing as a metaphor for how we remember and construct stories of our lives. It is a personal/auto-ethnographical film is prompted by a contradiction between my own happy childhood memories and my parents’ conflicting stories of the breakdown of their marriage. The film takes us on an exploration through the past I attempts to piece together a single narrative of what happened .
The journey starts with a set of stories that repeat and contradict each other and have become “just stories” hollow of meaning or emotional power. I use different devices to try and prompt different memories and ultimately turn to reconstructions, of my own memories and my parents stories, bringing my parents to the set of the film to take part. The film itself becomes a vehicle for coming to terms with unwanted aspects of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBFI London Film Festival
Media of outputFilm
Size74 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2021
EventBFI London Film Festival: 2021 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Oct 202117 Mar 2022


  • Documentary
  • Women
  • Family
  • Memory
  • Reconstruction
  • Participatory video
  • film


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