Previously at the ICA - Films
5 Sep 2015
Set within Andrea Arnold’s hometown of Dartford, this Academy Award-winning short film shares the story of a single mother as she attempts to restore her relationship with an ex-boyfriend despite tensions produced by her four young children. Many parallels have been drawn between this tale and Arnold’s own upbringing, and Arnold suggests that her screenplays stem from her own life experience. As a result, Wasp represents an intimate social observation that commands our attention throughout.
Wasp, dir. Andrea Arnold, UK 2003, 26 mins.
"...a tough and superbly intelligent surveillance thriller…" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Taking its name from the Red Road residential tower block in Glasgow, the tallest in Europe at the time of their construction, Arnold’s debut feature draws contemporary issues from its setting. Its protagonist works as a CCTV operator, observing the small world that exists on her screens. When she one day recognises an unexpected face on her monitor, she begins an obsessive observation, a voyeuristic mission leading to confront him. Red Road confirmed Arnold’s abilities for which she received a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.
Red Road, dir. Andrea Arnold, UK 2006, 113 mins.
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