Thought provoking Channel 4 film The Watchman explores the power and issues of CCTV through drama
Sep 6 2016
A tale of surveillance gone wrong
The Watchman is a gripping one-off short film drama set during a night shift in a CCTV control room. The dark drama tells the story of a CCTV operator Carl 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.'
In moment of frustration of being all-seeing but ultimately powerless Carl crosses the line, and intervenes in a situation to which the police are unable to respond due to resource limitations, with serious and far reaching consequences for him and his loved ones.
Anyone familiar or perhaps concerned with the issues surrounding CCTV who sees the drama is likely to find it compelling viewing. Not only does it showcase some of the powerful capabilities of the latest technology, it also raises questions about ethics and the issue of privacy versus security.
There is no doubt that The Watchman raises significant questions about the misuse of CCTV and the behaviour of operators. From the perspective of compliance, the drama would make a good cautionary tale to focus managers, operators and data controllers on best practice.
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