Surveillance (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Surveillance (2008)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 10,261 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 17 July 2008 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Budget: $3,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $25,352(USA)(26 July 2009)
  • Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • Stars: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman and Pell James
  • Original Music By: Todd Bryanton   
  • Soundtrack: Speed Roadster
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Interview | FBI Agent | Murder | Motel | Bandaged Hand

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Kent Harper  writer
  • Jennifer Chambers Lynch  (as Jennifer Lynch)

Known Trivia

  • According to Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the film was originally about witches.
  • Director Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s first film in 15 years.
  • For the first time in the seven year run of the New York City Horror Film Festival, Jennifer Chambers Lynch became the first female to win the Best Director award and Ryan Simpkins became the youngest actress to win Best Actress.
  • Billy Burke was originally cast as the character Sam Hallaway. Days before filming was to begin, he dropped out of the film. Lynch family friend Bill Pullman was then cast to replace him.
  • The song during the roll of end credits, is sung by the director’s father, David Lynch (‘Speed Roaster’).

Goofs: Miscellaneous: The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically).

Plot: Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell. Full summary »  »

Story: Grisly murders occur in a small town. Two FBI agents arrive, set up their cameras in three interview rooms, and set up interviews of three survivors: a girl of about nine, a foul-mouthed cop with a bandaged hand, and a young woman of about 20 who uses drugs. Each tells their story as the male FBI agent listens and watches from a separate room: the girl draws for and talks to the female agent, the local chief interviews the injured cop, and two officers interview the young woman. As they tell their stories, some of which are inaccurate and self-serving, we see what actually happened the day before. Can the agents or anyone else put the pieces together?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Somewhere deep inside the Santa Fe desert there have been a number of blood curdling murders…a real killing spree. The local police station is in disarray. Captain Billings, Officers Degrasso and Wright have apprehended three witnesses: Officer Jack Bennet, one of their own, tough, but affected by recent events; Bobby, young, high as a kite on cocaine; and Stephanie, eight years old, who has just witnessed her family being brutally murdered by two figures dressed in jumpsuits, gloves, boots, and horrifyingly disfiguring latex masks. The FBI is now involved, and as the witnesses tell their stories one by one to the FBI agents who have now taken over, the murderous events unravel before our eyes. It becomes clear, however, that little Stephanie knows something more. And then three more bodies have been found…

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Produced By:

  • Rhonda Baker known as line producer
  • Gill Gayle known as associate producer: FSP
  • Jeff Geoffray known as co-executive producer
  • Gary Hamilton known as co-executive producer
  • Kent Harper known as producer
  • Walter Josten known as co-executive producer
  • David Lynch known as executive producer
  • Bernd Mehlitz known as associate producer: Lago Film
  • Marco Mehlitz known as producer
  • David Michaels known as producer
  • Stephen Onda known as co-producer
  • Robert C. Romanus known as associate producer: FSP
  • Shane Dax Taylor known as associate producer: FSP

FullCast & Crew:

  • Caroline Aaron known as Janet
  • Hugh Dillon known as Dad (Steven)
  • David Gane known as Grocery Man
  • Gill Gayle known as Officer Degrasso
  • Kent Harper known as Officer Jack Bennett
  • Michael Ironside known as Captain Billings
  • Pell James known as Bobbi Prescott
  • Daryl Haney known as Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)
  • Shannon Jardine known as Elaine Meyer
  • Angela Lamarsh known as Maid
  • Gerald Lenton-Young known as Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
  • Jennifer Miles known as TV Reporter
  • Mac Miller known as Johnny
  • Charlie Newmark known as Officer Wright
  • Julia Ormond known as Elizabeth Anderson
  • Cheri Oteri known as Mom
  • Bill Pullman known as Sam Hallaway
  • Ryan Simpkins known as Stephanie
  • Anita Smith known as Tina
  • French Stewart known as Officer Jim Conrad
  • Josh Strait known as Keith
  • Kent Nolan known as David (as Kent Wolkowski)
  • Kyle Briere known as Curtis (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Lisa Campbell known as co-key hair stylist (as Lisa Campbell-Buteau)
  • Jennifer Forberg known as assistant makeup artist
  • Tracy George known as makeup department head
  • Brentyn Krekoski known as assistant makeup artist (as Brent Krekoski)
  • Kaitlyn Rae known as daily assistant makeup artist
  • Zinka Shankland known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Shelly Bowes-Cherry known as art department coordinator (as Shelly Bowes)
  • Adrienne Conley known as set designer
  • Lee Kolenick known as props
  • Mark Montague known as storyboard artist
  • Adrian Traquair known as set dresser
  • Johann Wessels known as lead scenic artist


Production Companies:

  • Lago Film (presents)
  • See Film
  • Film Star Pictures (in association with)
  • Blue Rider Pictures (presents)
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (produced with the assistance of)
  • SaskFilm (produced with the assistance of)
  • Saskatchewan Employment Tax Credit Program (produced with the assistance of)
  • Stephen Onda Productions

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Dragon Digital Intermediate  on-line conform and film-out (trailer)
  • Film Finances Canada  completion guarantor


  • Alfa Films (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • European Film Partners (EFP) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Fine Films (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Nikkatsu (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Odeon Sky Filmworks (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Compagnia Distribuzione Internazionale (CDI) (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • David Distribucion (2008) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Filmes Castello Lopes (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Future Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Happinet Pictures (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Laptv (2009) (Argentina) (TV)
  • Magnet Releasing (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Noble Entertainment (2008) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Pinema (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • VVS Films (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Versus Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2008) (France) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • France 21 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Germany 22 June 2008 (Munich Film Festival)
  • Portugal 17 July 2008
  • France 30 July 2008
  • Germany 31 July 2008
  • Austria 1 August 2008
  • Australia 5 August 2008 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Canada 14 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • USA 19 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Spain 3 October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • USA 8 October 2008 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • Canada 14 October 2008 (Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma)
  • USA 18 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • USA 16 November 2008 (New York City Horror Film Festival)
  • USA 21 November 2008 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
  • Sweden 5 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 9 December 2008 (Noir in Festival)
  • Croatia 8 January 2009
  • Netherlands 8 January 2009
  • Finland 9 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 6 February 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Brazil 18 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Ireland 6 March 2009
  • UK 6 March 2009
  • USA 27 March 2009 (Cleveland International Film Festival)
  • USA 4 April 2009 (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 8 April 2009
  • Mexico 24 April 2009
  • USA 24 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 29 May 2009 (Video On Demand)
  • USA 26 June 2009 (limited)
  • USA 18 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada 8 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 6 February 2010
  • Russia 8 October 2010 (American Film Festival)
  • Argentina 9 December 2010
  • Bahrain 8 September 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality


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