Hitchcock’s East End, Barbican, London

This spring, Create London and the Barbican will be taking over the Grade II listed Vestry House Museum for a weekend of screenings, talks and events. The seminal works by Alfred Hitchcock will be the focus from 28 February – 2 March.

The Birds
The ‘quintessential’ Hitchcock movie, drawn loosely from a Daphne du Maurier story The Birds featured the icy blonde Tippi Hedren in her first starring role. A film about anxiety, sexual power and the violence of nature.

Prior to the screening, the festival presents performer Bird la Bird and singer song writer Lin Sangster to explore feminism, mental health, cold wars, animals, Hitchcock and anxiety through music and performance. There will also be an introduction by film scholar Dr Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary and Westfield University of London) on the menace, style and significance of Hitchcock’s The Birds.

The Lady Vanishes
In this comic thriller, a young rich playgirl (Margaret Lockwood) travelling on train across Europe, turns into an investigator after an elderly lady (Dame May Whitty) seems to have disappeared from the train.

The screenings on Saturday 1 March will be presented in association with Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014. Anxiety 2014 is a new London wide arts festival that will take place in June 2014 exploring anxiety and the ways it is lived, represented and perceived.

For more information visit www.barbican.org.uk.

1. The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock, courtesy the Barbican.