Erasing David

Philip French review The Observer

Philip French

The Observer Reviews Sun 2 May 2010 00:08 BST

Director David Bond does a disappearing act to see how easy it is to get lost in our surveillance-obsessed society

In this chillingly admonitory movie, director David Bond becomes the centre of his own documentary thriller by disappearing from his North London home for a month and seeing how easy it is for a pair of investigators to track his movements around Britain and Europe. His journey is interspersed by interviews with security experts, Stasi victims, civil rights lawyers and others concerned with the fact that Britain is (after China and Russia) the third most surveillance-ridden state in the world. The witnesses include Timothy Garton Ash, David Blunkett, Henry Porter and Helena Kennedy, and there’s an edgy score by Michael Nyman.

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