Set in a notorious Glasgow housing estate monitored by surveillance cameras, this bristling, darkly erotic thriller about a woman hell-bent on retribution won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2007
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, Red Road is a bristling, atmospheric thriller that rumbles with intensity. In the squalor of urban Glasgow, Jackie (Kate Dickie) monitors a wall of surveillance cameras placed to protect the residents of an ugly housing project on Red Road. One day she sees Clyde (Tony Curran), a man she thought was in prison. Clearly shocked that he's free, Jackie begins stalking and insinuates herself into his orbit. What mysterious history do they share and why is Jackie so determined to punish this man? British director Andrea Arnold, who won an Oscar for her short film Wasp, keeps the audience guessing and the tension building as her debut feature crescendos to an explosive and darkly erotic finale. Constructed within the framework of Lars von Trier's experimental Advance Party Project, Red Road is the first of three films set in Scotland, by three different directors, using the same nine characters and actors. This gritty, surprising and masterfully crafted tale of crime, retribution and forgiveness will be a hard act to follow.