In an eerily familiar city, a calendar reform has dispensed with the past and the future, leaving citizens faceless, without memory or anticipation. Unimaginable happiness abounds - until a woman recovers her face...
London has the highest density of CCTV surveillance cameras on Earth. FACELESS uses recordings from these cameras, obtained under the UK Data Protection Act and EU legislation, as 'legal readymades' to construct a strange yet plausible world. The film was produced under the rules of the 'Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers':
Voiced by the superb talent of Tilda Swinton (before her Oscar!), and featuring choreography by The Ballet Boyz and a 5.1 soundtrack by Mukul Patel and pianist Rupert Huber, this film fuses fine aesthetic sensibility with critical bite, not just in its form but also in the process of its making.
Booklet includes the essay 'Chasing the Data Shadow' about the making process and the Manifesto.
English; subtitles in Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
50 min, Dolby 5.1, 4:3 PAL
'A wonderful metaphor for contemporary life; as we shuffle through cities each day, brushing up against fellow citizens, many of us feel simply faceless.' - Thinkingshift
'A novel way of avoiding the costs of creating a movie - by making her film entirely from inages of real life captured by CCTV cameras.' - BBC News
'The work resists the sensational for the everyday and becomes all the more miraculous because of it' - Art Life
'It dares its audience to question their own culpability in this all too real state of affairs' - The Guardian
'Les règles du Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers s'adressent à des cinéastes d'un nouveau genre qui ne tournent pas avec leur proper caméra mais utilisent les enregistrements des CCTV omniprésentes' - La Libération