Curiosity develops into voyeuristic fixation as a young writer Bill (Jeremy Theobald) follows strangers around London to research a novel. After following Cobb (Alex Haw), a well-heeled stranger who is actually a thief, Bill's obsession takes a sinister turn as he is led into a dark underworld.
Excellent - highly recommended.
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Never mind low budget, this is a 'no budget' film (well, £3,000) written and directed by Christopher Nolan in his student days. The same Christopher Nolan who went on to fame and fortune as the director of 'Memento', 'The Prestige', 'Inception', the 'Dark Knight' Batman trilogy, 'Man of Steel' etc.
It is excellent - really, really good despite the almost non-existent budget, using fellow students at UCL as actors, and shot on a 16mm wind-up Bolex camera. It already shows a maturity of direction and the use of a non-linear storyline that Nolan deploys in later films.
It tells the story of an unemployed young would-be writer who follows strangers in the hope that they will give him ideas for a novel. He allows himself to get too close to one, who involves him in a world of burglary. But he is (of course) being set up as a patsy...
This is perhaps the best film I have seen recently - well directed, well photographed, tightly written, well acted. Oh yes, and it's gripping.