We’re big fans of Stephen Graham here at The Killing Times. The acclaimed actor and Hollywood star has floated our boat in such things as This Is England – for which he is BAFTA-nominated – Pirates of the Caribbean and Boardwalk Empire. Now Channel 4 has announced he’s going back to the channel to star in an intriguing-sounding thriller that centres around CCTV.
In The Watchman (working title) Graham will play father-of-two Carl, a CCTV operator who views the world through a series of screens. Working alone, he has gradually become intoxicated by the power of being the ‘all-seeing eye.’ Carl’s growing frustration with the local police comes to a head when they refuse to tackle a group of local drug dealers. Carl decides to intervene in the world he is supposed to be just watching. What follows is a terrifying chain of events played across one night shift.
The man behind the project, Dave Nath, has previously won acclaim for his direction of major documentaries tackling challenging subjects through unprecedented access such as Bedlam and The Murder Detectives is turning his hand to fiction in this new project.
Stephen Graham says: “This is a fascinating project with a compelling narrative; I’m looking forward to seeing how Dave will bring his documentary storytelling techniques to this dark drama.”
Writer/Director Dave Nath says: “It’s a film about a good man who makes one terrible mistake. But it also asks whether CCTV can distort our view of the world and our place within it.”