Red Road

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Directed by   Andrea Arnold
Produced by   Carrie Comerford
Written by   Andrea Arnold
Starring  Kate Dickie, Tony Curran
Cinematography  Robbie Ryan
Editing by   Nicolas Chaudeurge
Distributed by   Tartan Films (USA)
Release date(s)   20 May 2006 (Cannes)
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 works as a CCTV operator for Glasgow City council. Daily she watches over a small part of the world, takes seriously her duties to protect the people moving about in her monitors. Then one day a man appears in her monitors, a man she thought she would never see again. Now the opportunity presents itself, she is compelled to confront him.



  • 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” [2]


  1. ^ Red Road Flats, Glasgow Digital Library
  2. ^ [1]
  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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