O So Topical… Privacy, Panopticism and Privation

499247958_415bc5df68_zThe Lives of Others (2006) – dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

A meticulous Stasi secret police agent becomes involved in the lives of a writer and his lover who are under his surveillance. Perhaps we too can touch the lives of those who listen by living a more intriguing life (whisper whisper plot plot)

600full-1984-poster1984 (1984) – dir. Michael Radford, starring John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

Based on George Orwell’s fantastic dystopian novel, where everyone is watched and communication monitored ALL THE TIME. Burn your Rolodex and watch your thoughts, people. The thoughtcrime police are coming up the stairs…

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The Conversation (1974) – dir. Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gene Hackman.

A surveillance expert obsessed with his own privacy has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he has been watching are in danger of being murdered.

gatekeepers_ver2The Gatekeepers (2012) – dir. Dror Moreh

State-secrets galore in this fantastic documentary on Israel’s Shin Bet security agency.

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We Steal Secrets (2013) – dir. Alex Gibney

The stories we all want – and need – to hear, but no-one wants to tell. Almost no-one…

How the whistle was blown, the consequences and the distractions.

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posted by Dixie Turner

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