An Austrian filmmaker has come up with a novel way of avoiding the costs of creating a movie – by making her film entirely from images of real life captured by CCTV cameras.
Called Faceless, the film is the project of London-based Manu Luksch, who is both the star and director and describes it as a “science fiction fairy tale”.
By taking CCTV of herself and blocking out the faces of anyone else captured on it, she created a story set in the future, in the “faceless world” – with herself as the only woman with a face.
“We’re being filmed all the time, in all sorts of situations, by CCTV cameras,” Ms Luksch told BBC World Service’s Digital Planet programme.
“As a filmmaker, I was really questioning myself – where I should bring in my own camera.
“I found out that under the Data Protection Act (DPA), one has the right to retrieve data which is held upon oneself. This does not only apply to medical and financial data, but also to CCTV images.”
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