ALFRED HITCHCOCK IN EAST LONDON
‘Alfred Hitchcock in East London’ retraces the legendary director’s footsteps around Leytonstone, Limehouse, Stratford and Hackney and reveals how his early London life profoundly influenced his later work. The documentary also examines Hitchcock’s associations with the long forgotten Walthamstow film industry and tells the previously untold story of his support for an East London cinema during the height of his Hollywood fame. The film identifies the key sites from the director's youth which still exist today and features a wide range of rare archive footage plus contributions from Roy Ward Baker (assistant director 'The Lady Vanishes') Charles Barr (author of the seminal 'English Hitchcock'), actor Murray Melvin and numerous others.
Produced to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Britain's first talking picture 'Blackmail', the film paints a picture of Hitchcock and his London roots which is radically different from previous studies.
“a fascinating insight” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
“a rarely-seen side of the master that is often conveniently ignored in favour of his later American success” – USA Today
“a must for fans of one of the few directors who managed to balance art and populism with any sustained success” – Herts and Essex Observer
SPECIAL FEATURES: 40-minute Alfred Hitchcock audio interview, 'Working with Hitch - the Memories of Roy Ward Baker' featurette, 'The Lost Cinemas of Limehouse and Leytonstone' featurette, 'Zeppelins over London' featurette, 'Hitchcock's Leytonstone Today' stills featurette, 'BBC Big Screen - The EMD Cinema' featurette, 'The Story of Aventure Malgache' stills featurette.
£10, inc. p&p.