Please note that as this is a film screening, latecomers may not be admitted.
A special Halloween treat for suspense lovers.
Introduced on-stage by film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode.
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.
Hitchcock produced two versions of the film – one silent and one with sound in response to the technical developments in cinemas in the 1930’s. The restored print of the now rarely screened – but for many critics superior – silent version is shown in the Barbican Hall, accompanied by a full length score by British composer Neil Brand, conducted by Timothy Brock and performed live by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Plus a post-concert discussion and Q&A with Neil Brand, Ian Christie and Francine Stock immediately after the concert in the hall.
'An audience of 5,000 hooked on every twist of the silent version of Hitchcock's Blackmail accompanied live by Neil Brand's first score for full orchestra, a Hermann-esque creation pulsing with fear and desire. Spectacular.' Sight and Sound on the World Premiere in Bologna, Italy (2008)
Blackmail ticket holders for 31 Oct can buy tickets to The Lodger (19 Sep) or The Ring (3 Oct) for £7 each. Offer only available by booking via the phone on 020 7638 8891. Blackmail - Murder Scene, with score by Neil Brand