Erasing David : UK Premiere & QA

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Erasing David : UK PremiereDavid Bond lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear – a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind, he is tracked across the database state on a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and the loss of it.

Erasing David trailer from Green Lions on Vimeo.

Once the bastion of freedom and civil liberties, the UK is now one of the most advanced surveillance societies in the world – ranked third after Russia and China. The average UK adult is now registered on over 700 databases and is caught daily on one of the 4 million CCTV cameras located on nearly every street corner in the country. Increasingly monitored, citizens are being turned into suspects. But if you’ve got nothing to hide, surely there’s nothing to fear?

When David receives a letter informing him that his daughter Ivy is among 25 million residents whose details have been lost by the government’s Child Benefit Office, he begins a journey that will see him hounded across Europe.

David soon discovers some alarming truths about what the government and private companies already know about ordinary citizens. He meets people who have been caught in the crossfire of the database state and have had their lives shattered.

As his concern grows, he makes a life-changing decision. He will leave his pregnant wife and child behind and put himself under surveillance for thirty days. The UK’s top Private Investigators are hired to discover everything they can about him and his family – and track David down as he attempts to vanish. Is it still possible to live a private, anonymous life in the UK? Or do the state and private companies already know too much about ordinary people?

Erasing David : UK PremiereErasing David is playing in cinemas from the 29th April. The 29th April is the big premiere evening – after the film there will be a live Q&A from the Brixton Ritzy that will get beamed to their other screens. Taking part in the debate are David Davis, Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Nyman, Will Self and David Bond, the director. Venues include:

AberdeenThe Belmont Picturehouse

BathLittle Theatre Cinema

BrightonDuke Of Yorks Picturehouse

CambridgeArts Picturehouse

EdinburghThe Cameo Cinema

ExeterExeter Picturehouse

Henley-On-ThamesRegal Picturehouse

LancasterThe Dukes

LiverpoolPicturehouse at FACT


London - Islington Screen on The Green

LondonThe Lexi Kensal Rise

London - Greenwich Picturehouse

LondonStratford East Picturehouse

LondonThe Gate Notting Hill

NewcastleTyneside Cinema

NorwichCinema City

OxfordThe Phoenix

PrestatynThe Scala

SouthamptonHarbour Lights Picturehouse

StamfordStamford Arts Centre

Straford-upon-AvonStratford Picturehouse

Winchester - Screen at Winchester

YorkCity Screen York

Following on from the launch event Erasing David will take a tour around other cinemas, including:


8-9th Newbury Corn Exchange

24-27th Dundee Contemporary Arts

Erasing David : UK Premiere

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