5 films that spy on the neighbours… curious?


It’s easy to get bored when you’re stuck inside day after day. Have you considered getting invested in someone else’s life instead?  Like, *really* invested?

Here are five films that explore the highs and lows of spying on your neighbours (Rear Window 1954) and its more lurid quasi-remake (Body Double 1984) or frankly anyone else you can find (The Conversation 1974, Red Road 2006), along with one film that lets you know how it feels to have a watchful eye turned back on you (Hidden 2005).

Do you have any favourite films featuring a twitching curtain or the odd binocular or zoom lens?

Rob Hughes, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

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Rear Window

Rear Window (1954) / Director: Alfred Hitchcock

The Conversation

The Conversation (1974) / Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Body Double

Body Double (1984) / Director: Brian De Palma


Hidden/Caché (2005) / Director: Michael Haneke

Red Road

Red Road (2006) / Director: Andrea Arnold

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Feature image: Rear Window (1954) / Director: Alfred Hitchcock

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