Hitchcock’s East End is a year-long season of screenings and unique events that celebrate and explore Alfred Hitchcock’s connection to Waltham Forest.
In a corner of Leytonstone, next to a petrol station, sits a plaque that commemorates the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of the 20th century. Walking through the borough there is little to hint at the legacy of the great man, yet could a re-evaluation of this suburban landscape uncover new perspectives on his work?
Launched in September 2013, Create London has been working with Barbican Film to produce a season that brings the suspense, adventure and glamour of Hitchcock’s films back to the place that was perhaps their original inspiration. Staging screenings in a selection of unexpected locations, the gothic, enigmatic and eccentric elements of the borough have been explored, which may have unconsciously inspired the great man.
Alongside screening the films, established film-makers have been asked to introduce the Hitchcock classics that most inspired them and inviting audiences to explore and re-imagine the suburban landscape of his childhood.
This project forms part of a programme of events leading towards the opening of the new Empire Cinema in late 2014 – returning a cinema to the borough after a ten year absence – which will form part of a major regeneration project, The Scene at Cleveland Place, a new leisure destination for Waltham Forest.
View the map we created for Vertigo, the launch of the screening.
You can also view a map we created for Rebecca, the second screening of the season.
Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Friday 25 July 2014, 7.30pm
This year’s Walthamstow Big Weekender opens with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 silent film Blackmail at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
The screening will be accompanied live by the Forest Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Brock, performing the 2012 score written by Neil Brand, who will also introduce the evening.
Standard: £12 / Concession: £8.50 (Waltham Forest residents)
Online: Barbican.co.uk / Telephone: 020 7638 8891
Waltham Forest residents can purchase their tickets over the phone or in person at the Barbican Box Office with proof of address.
North by Northwest
Lee Valley Park
Friday 5 September 2014
Hitchcock’s East End is presented with Barbican Film and produced with The Nomad Cinema. Hitchcock’s East End is commissioned by Hill Residential Ltd, working in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and ISHA.