Red Road (film)

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Red Road
Red road.jpg
Film poster for Red Road
Directed by Andrea Arnold
Produced by Carrie Comerford
Written by Andrea Arnold
Starring Kate Dickie, Tony Curran
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Edited by Nicolas Chaudeurge
Distributed by Tartan Films (USA)
Release dates 20 May 2006 (Cannes)
27 October 2006 (UK)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 Barmulloch, Glasgow, Scotland which were the tallest residential buildings in Europe at the time they were built.[1] 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.[2] The Observer polled several filmmakers and film critics who voted it as one of the best British films in the last 25 years.[3]


Jackie Morrison works as a CCTV operator for Glasgow City Council. She watches over a small part of the world and takes her duties to protect people seriously. In the film, she is presented as a person who observes parts of Glasgow through the CCTV lenses, but rarely participates in this world. She lives somewhat of an isolated existence.

One day a man appears in her monitors, a man she thought she would never see again. Now that the opportunity presents itself, she is compelled to confront him. She becomes obsessed with following this man, both in real life and on the CCTV. Jackie attends a party at the man's flat on Red Road with a view to finding out more about him. The tension builds as it is not revealed immediately in the film as to why she is so obsessed with the man. The audience receives very little information as to why Jackie chooses to pursue this person with such determination, focus and resilience.



  • 2006 Cannes Jury Prize[4]
  • BAFTA Scotland 2006 - Best Screenplay
  • BAFTA Scotland 2006 - Best Actress in a Scottish Film (Kate Dickie)
  • BAFTA Scotland 2006 - Best Actor in a Scottish Film (Tony Curran)
  • BAFTA Scotland 2006 - Best Director
  • BAFTA Scotland 2006 - Best Film
  • London Film Festival 2006, Sutherland Trophy awarded to "the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film" [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Red Road Flats, Glasgow Digital Library
  2. ^
  3. ^ "The Observer Film Quarterly's best British films of the last 25 years". The Observer. August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Red Road". Retrieved 2009-12-13. 

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