The Invisible City: The Cinema of Surveillance –

AND Festival presents an outdoor cinema event in St Helens inviting audiences to speculate on the act of seeing – and being seen.

    In collaboration with Heart of Glass, Abandon Normal Devices (AND) presents The Invisible City, an outdoor cinema event inviting audiences to speculate on the act of seeing – and being seen. Taking place on the site of the former Pilkington’s Glass HQ the programme explores sonic and cinematic espionage and features classic surveillance films, artists moving image and tours blurring the famous, forgotten and private spaces of the building.

    Using the setting of the historical home of glass, The Invisible City programme explores contemporary responses to technology and transparency. Here, you will witness the intimate, sinister and altogether unsettling dissection of characters by viewing the cinema through the windows of offices, cars and binoculars.

    The main event on Saturday 12 November features the world premiere of Where the City Can’t See, a new short film by artist-architect Liam Young, followed by the granddaddy of surveillance films – Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

    In the lead up to the main event on 12 November a series of special Board Room Screenings will take place, featuring landmark counter-surveillance films; Frances Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Andrea Arnold’s Red Road. Full Board Room Screenings details here.


    Alexandra Business Park
    Prescot Road
    St. Helens
    WA10 3TP


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    *Lead image from Rear Window courtesy of Creative Commons