The Visitor

US , 1992
10 min, 16mm, B&W
Directed, Produced, Written, Edited Laura Waddington
Camera Victoria Hunter
Actors Delfina Marcello, Eve Crosby
Photos Mathilde Kohl

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Once in a hotel, a chambermaid had gone through my things and recorded her voice onto my walkman. I wrote this story for her. It was my first film.

Press Quotes

  • " She films her first work The Visitor (1992) in a New York hotel room. It is the story of a chambermaid who photographs the traces of an occupant of a room she cleans each day. Bit by bit this place becomes a room for images, a space in which the objects find their echo through the contact of this chambermaid, who knows how to welcome them, to give them resonance.
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  • " The filmmaker has tried since her early work to make confined social problems graspable on a personal level, not from the perspective of those involved but through a seemingly detached observer who rather than analysing the situation integrates it into her own biography… Already in her first short film The Visitor, filmed at 22, a man is observed from a distance, examined and judged on the basis of the objects he leaves in is his hotel room, which a chambermaid goes through and photographs. "

    Olivier Rahayel FILM-DIENST, Germany
  • " Waddington's works carry their heart on their sleeve, as they want, need to be understood. Starting with her 'maiden film' The Visitor... the work 'describes' a movement out into the open. From the enclosed spaces of work and home in The Visitor, breeding desire, which is also the need to get away "

    Olaf Möller, The Days and Years of My Travels
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'Rooster Rushes' Pyramid Club, New York, 1992
Off Broadway Cinema, Cologne, Germany,1997
ELIA lectures, Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland, 2004
The 51st Oberhausen International Short Film Festival,  2005  (“Crossing Frontiers - Laura Waddington”)
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Interview with Laura Waddington . Olaf Möller , The 51st Pesaro Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
The Days and Years of My Travels . Olaf Möller , The 51st Pesaro Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
The Pain of Seeing: The Videos of Laura Waddington . Bouchra Khalili , The 51st Oberhausen Short Film Festival Catalogue, 2005
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