Red Road (film)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Red Road is a 2006 British film directed by Andrea Arnold. It tells the story of a CCTV security operator who observes through her monitors a man from her past. It is named after, and partly set at, the Red Road flats in Glasgow, Scotland which were the tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time they were built. It is shot largely in a Dogme 95 style, using handheld cameras and natural light.
Red Road is the first film in Advance Party, a projected trilogy following a set of rules dictating how the films will be written and directed. They will all be filmed and set in Scotland, using the same characters and cast. Each film will be made by a different first-time director.
Jackie (Kate Dickie) is a security camera operator in Glasgow. She observes the daily activities of the public through a large bank of video monitors, and reports suspicious incidents to the police. She's clearly troubled by something in her past, and barely goes through the motions of day-to-day life.
One day she notices a man from her past, Clyde (Tony Curran), has been released from prison and is living at the Red Road flats, with his friend and ex-cellmate Stevie (Martin Compston). She continues observing him and begins stalking him, and eventually makes contact. He is attracted to her, and they end up having sex. She then makes a false rape accusation to the police, and he gets locked up because of his prior criminal record. She retracts the accusation, and on his subsequent release from jail, reveals to him that it was her husband and young daughter that he killed several years prior in a car crash.