“Over the past decade, large parts of Britain's cities have been redeveloped as privately-owned estates, extending corporate control over some of the country's busiest squares and thoroughfares. These developments are no longer simply enclosed malls like Westfield in White City or business districts like Broadgate in the City of London – they are spaces open to the sky which appear to be entirely public to casual passers-by.”
Granary Square, Kings Cross is a significant addition to the number of privatised open spaces within the Europe, complete with its own rules and authority.
The film is inspired by George Orwell's concept of 'Big Brother' using the henchman like security in Kings Cross as the subject.
The films objective is to reverse the authority and control held by the patrolling security (around the Kings Cross area and Central Saint Martins campus) and directs it back upon them to study mechanisms of power.
"He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection" (202-203).
- Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punishment. Vintage Books, New York: 1995