UK 1929 Dir Alfred Hitchcock
Doors open from 6.30pm – Come along early for food and drinks
A screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 silent classic film Blackmail preceded the Walthamstow Garden Party on Friday 25 July at 7.30pm. The screening was accompanied by the Forest Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Brock and performing the 2012 score written by Neil Brand, who also introduced the evening.
Based on the play by Charles Bennett – who also collaborated with Hitchcock on The 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much – Blackmail (1929) is acknowledged as the first British sound feature film. Alice has stabbed to death a man who tried to rape her. Her boyfriend Frank, a policeman, covers it up; but Tracey, the local petty thief, tries to blackmail the couple. This leads to Tracey’s attempted arrest and a spectacular police chase which ends on the roof of the British Museum.
‘A wild ride, a darkly comic thriller to which the score provides a beautiful response’ – Little White Lies
Ticket holders were invited to arrive early (from 5.30pm) to enjoy some great street food and drink from the Real Food Festival. Hitchcock was notoriously fond of good food and drink and, in keeping with his East London roots, the street food trucks served salt beef bagels and East End themed pizzas. Wondering Wine, a vintage Citroen H Van wine bar, was also present, which was particularly fitting as – like many of the characters in his film- Alfred Hitchcock was always partial to a good drink.
£12 / £8.50 (Waltham Forest residents) plus booking fee*
Hitchcock’s East End is commissioned by Create, presented with the Barbican and delivered with Nomad Cinema. Supported by Hill Residential, M&N Place and Waltham Forest Council
A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with StudioCanal. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation