|North by Northwest|
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 spy thriller North By Northwest will be shown in a nature reserve in East London on 5 September. The outdoor screening at the WaterWorks Nature Reserve is part of Create and the Barbican’s year-long presentations of Hitchcock’s films in evocative East End locations.
The season has seen Vertigo shown at St Margaret’s Church in Leytonstone, Rebecca at Leytonstone School, The Birds & The Lady Vanishes at Vestry House Museum and the silent version of Blackmail at Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
The WaterWorks is where pioneering aero-designer Alliott Verdon Roe made the first all-British powered flight in 1909.
In North by Northwest Cary Grant plays an immaculate Madison Avenue advertising executive who becomes embroiled in a foreign espionage plot, finds himself swept up in a terrifying chase across America climaxing in being pursued across open land by a crop-duster biplane.
Written by Ernest Lehman the film combines the characteristic ingredients of Hitchcock’s previous work – glamour, wit, excitement, movement and big scenes, including Grant being pursued through fields by a plane, a chaotic auction, romantic train journey and a climatic chase across the faces of presidents on Mount Rushmore. The cross-country chase is driven by a compelling score by composer Bernard Herrmann.
Hitchcock’s East End is presented by Create and Barbican Film and commissioned by Hill Residential Ltd, working in partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and ISHA (Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association).
The project forms part of a programme of events leading towards the opening of the new Empire Cinema in late 2014, which sees the return of a cinema to the borough after a ten year absence as part of a major regeneration project, The Scene at Cleveland Place, a new leisure destination for Waltham Forest.