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Red Road - Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Andrea Arnold

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Jackie (Kate Dickie) works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man (Tony Curran) appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama thriller UK CCTV security Scotland boyfriend relationship rape murder crime abuse camera

Persons of interest

  • Kate Dickie .... Jackie
  • Tony Curran .... Clyde
  • Martin Compston .... Stevie
  • Nathalie Press .... April
  • Andrew Armour .... Alfred
  • Paul Higgins .... Avery
  • Anders Thomas Jensen .... Creator
  • Lone Scherfig .... Creator
  • Andrea Arnold .... Screenwriter
  • Andrea Arnold .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Red Road official movie site
  • Red Road film production notes
  • Red Road QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2006: Won: Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer (Andrea Arnold - director)
    • BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2006: Won: Best Actor in a Scottish Film (Tony Curran), Best Actress in a Scottish Film (Kate Dickie), Best Director (Andrea Arnold), Best Film, Best Screenplay (Andrea Arnold)
    • British Independent Film Awards 2006: Won: Best Actor (Tony Curran), Best Actress (Kate Dickie); Nominated: Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Martin Compston), Douglas Hickox Award (Andrea Arnold)
    • Cannes Film Festival 2006: Won: Jury Prize (Andrea Arnold); Nominated: Golden Palm (Andrea Arnold)
    • Dinard British Film Festival (Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard) 2006: Won: Coup de Coeur (Andrea Arnold)
    • Göteborg Film Festival 2007: Won: International Début Award (Andrea Arnold)
    • London Critics Circle Film Awards 2007: Won: British Newcomer of the Year (Andrea Arnold - writer/director); Nominated: British Actress of the Year (Kate Dickie), British Director of the Year (Andrea Arnold), British Film of the Year
    • London Film Festival 2006: Won: Sutherland Trophy (Andrea Arnold)
    • Miami Film Festival 2007: Won: FIPRESCI Prize (Andrea Arnold), Special Jury Award Dramatic Features - World Cinema Competition (Andrea Arnold)
    • Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2006: Won: Acting Award Best Actress (Kate Dickie), Best Actress (Kate Dickie)
  • Studios and distributors:
    • Arkles Entertainment

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Red Road is creepy, and I don't mean that in a good way. How do these psychotic people get into positions of power? Doesn't the security industry do checks on its employees? [Evidently not, given all those New South Wales security guards who suddenly resigned when the police threatened to do background checks. - Director of Intelligence.]

Meanwhile, you won't believe what Jackie puts herself through. I would say that it's unbelievable but broken people often do the most amazingly stupid things, things that horrify the average punter (that's you, I hope). Andrea Arnold captures the astoundingness of these acts by drawing you into a mystery without resorting to the standard beginning-middle-end structure - instead, you're dropped into the deep end, where it's every special agent for himself. As Jackie's behaviour drifts further and further from normal you're dragged along with her until you find yourself up to your neck in it. It's yucky (and creepy).

If you like a bit of haggis with your mystery thrills then Red Road is the perfect film for you.

The drama, thriller, UK movie Red Road is directed by Andrea Arnold and stars Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston.

Government security censorship classification

R 18+ (High level sexual activity)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 11 October 2007

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