Friday, June 15, 2007


Surveillance is a mystery thriller set in present-day London, exploring the question of what the Royal Family might do if word threatened to leak out that one of the princes (not specifically Will or Harry, unfortunately, but some similarly situated prince in a parallel universe) was gay. Part of the reality of London is that there are surveillance cameras almost everywhere you turn; it is estimated that the average Londoner is photographed more than 300 times a day by security cameras. In our story, the protagonist, Adam Blane, has a one-night stand with the son of a media mogul who turns up dead the next day. He tries to unravel the mystery, and stay one step ahead of shadowy figures trailing him. The story was well written and well edited, with uniformly solid acting (including Simon Callow, whom you'll recognize from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love). My only beef was that the ending left me with a bit of "Wait a minute — what??"

Surveillance, dir. Paul Oremland, 2007 UK, 86 min.

Technorati tags: Surveillance, Frameline, Frameline31, LGBT Film

NOTE: Surveillance will screen again at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Roxie Theatre.

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