How do you imagine security officers? When you picture a person sitting in a room full of screens, watching the feed from many different cameras at once, what do you see that person doing? Eating lots of donuts? Creepily checking out young girls? Taking a nap and dozing off?
In her 2006 film Red Road, Andrea Arnold gives us quite a different picture of a security operator. Jackie Morrison is a dedicated protector of the public good–or at least she sees herself as such. She watches over the people and places under her care but she rarely personally connects with them.
Red Road, the 2006 film that was made in Britain, has become a surprisingly popular film. The first of a trilogy, Red Road set the precedence for how the rest of the trilogy would be filmed, and it is a truly fascinating film. The movie is about a security camera operator who watches a man from her past with the help of her monitors, and crazy things start to happen. Not only does she monitor him on her cameras, but she also follows him around in real life.
With a captivating storyline and themes reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Andrea Arnold’s film Red Road is a strong first installment in the Advance Party trilogy. Born from the imaginations of film companies Sigma Films and Zentropa, Advance Party challenges three different first-time directors to each produce a movie using the same cast of characters, invented by executive producers Anders Thomas Jensen, Gilian Berrie, and Lone Scherfig.