SIFF In The Club
posted by June 12 at 15:21 PMon
The man in the image is the director of a British movie called Surveillance.
When I talked with the director, Paul Oremland, in SIFF’s hospitality lounge near the top of W Hotel, he shared this piece of information with me: “In the UK, a person is photographed, caught on camera at an average of 360 times a day.”
I was astonished.
“But it doesn’t end there. In the UK, the government can keep track up to 50 million license plates a day.”
I was doubly astonished.
“But it’s not just the government. They other day, I took money out of a cash machine and 15 minutes later, I received a call from my bank in London. They just wanted to make sure I was in the States.”
I was triply astonished. The UK has become one big eyeball.
As for Oremland’s film, Surveillance, which shows today at 4:30 pm at the Egyptian, this is what we, The Stranger, wrote:
Fact 1: Paul Oremland’s dramatic thriller follows a young gay Brit led by a chance one-night stand into a twisty government conspiracy. Fact 2: Britain’s been making better gay-themed films (and more subtle dramatic thrillers) than the U.S. since the dawn of cinema.
I wonder what Grant Cogswell has to say about that?
Cogswell was in the lounge, drinking wine, talking with a Scandinavian director, talking with his director, Daniel Gildark, and talking with me. At one point, he told me that his film, Cthulhu, has much changed since its test screening a month or so ago. “It’s far better and clearer.” Be it so or not so, the poster for Cthulhu deserves some sort of SIFF award. It’s a perfectly mad image.