This year's Walthamstow Get Together series 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.
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.
Get there early (from 5.30pm) for 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, there will be street food trucks including Bell & Brisket (salt beef bagels), Born & Raised (British and East End themed pizzas) as well as Wondering Wine, a vintage Citroen H Van wine bar – particularly fitting as, like many of the characters in his film, Alfred Hitchcock was always partial to a good drink too...
'A wild ride, a darkly comic thriller to which the score provides a beautiful response' Little White Lies
UK 1929 Dir Alfred Hitchcock 75 min
Part of Beyond Barbican
Part of Hitchcock's East End
Presented by the Barbican and Create London
Hitchcock’s East End is commissioned by Create London, presented with the Barbican
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