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Hitchcock’s East End Coming To Waltham Forest

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Hitchcock’s East End: Year-long series of screenings and events to mark the return of a cinema to Waltham Forest, the home of Hitchcock, after a 10 year absence

  • Hitchcock’s most celebrated masterpiece Vertigo to be screened in Victorian surroundings at Leytonstone’s St Margaret’s Church as first major event
  • ‘Hitchcock’s East End’ to be a highlight of Create London Programme

The opening of a new Empire Cinema in Waltham Forest in late 2014 will mark the end of a 10 year absence of a cinema in the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock, one of Britain’s most celebrated filmmakers.

To celebrate the creation of The Scene at Cleveland Place, which includes a nine-screen cinema, homes, shops and restaurants the borough is hosting ‘Hitchcock’s East End’ - a year-long season of screenings and unique events that will celebrate and explore Alfred Hitchcock’s connection to Waltham Forest.

Hitchcock’s East End is a series of screening and special events programmed by Create London and the Barbican and has been commissioned by Hill Residential Ltd, in partnership with Waltham Forest Council and ISHA (Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association). The series will begin in September 2013 with a spectacular Saturday night screening of one of Hitchcock’s most celebrated films ‘Vertigo’. The special screening will take place in the Victorian surroundings of St Margaret’s Church in Leytonstone on Saturday 28 September 2013 at 7.00pm.

Tickets, priced at £8.50 and just £5.50 for Waltham Forest residents, are released today and can be purchased from the Create London website www.createlondon.org. With each ticket including entry to a guided walk that takes in Hitchcock’s birthplace and the local streets where the director grew up and the appearance of a very special guest from the film industry for a pre-screening talk, organisers are urging fans to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.

Create London, which is sponsored by Deutsche Bank,  will produce this season of special screenings and events to  bring the suspense, adventure and glamour of Hitchcock’s films back to the place that was perhaps their original inspiration.

By staging screenings across Waltham Forest in a selection of unexpected locations Create London intend to highlight the gothic, enigmatic and eccentric elements of the borough that may have subconsciously inspired the great man. At the screenings established film-makers and critics will introduce the Hitchcock classics that most inspired them and will lead audiences to explore and re-imagine the suburban landscape of his childhood.

This project forms part of a programme of events leading towards the opening of the new Empire Cinema in late 2014 – returning a cinema to the borough after a ten year absence – which will form part of a major regeneration project The Scene at Cleveland Place, a new leisure destination for Waltham Forest. Hitchcock’s East End is presented with the Barbican and produced with The Nomad Cinema. Details of the further screenings and events will be released in Autumn.

Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create London, said: “It’s hard to believe that there hasn’t been a cinema for over 10 years in the birthplace borough of one of this country’s leading film directors. We thought the opening of the new cinema in 2014 was something worth celebrating. Hitchcock’s East End will be a very special series of screenings that will provide a stunning east London setting for some of the director’s greatest work and give the opportunity for local people and wider audiences to discover the heritage and creative history of Waltham Forest.”

Leader of the Council, Chris Robbins, said: “The Scene at Cleveland Place, includes a multi-screen cinema along with homes, shops and restaurants. Transforming the heart of Walthamstow to create a new entertainment destination, this series of Hitchcock screenings, walks and talks is the perfect way to build up to the opening of our very own cinema.”

Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, the Barbican, said: "We're delighted to be working with Create London to bring these Hitchcock classics to the director's birthplace in Leytonstone. The Barbican has a long history of high-quality programming and partnerships with artists and organisations in the east London and we're thrilled to be adding these unique screenings to the Beyond Barbican programme."

Producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past four years, Create London work to spread the benefits of being home to Europe's largest cultural quarter to the people who live in east London.

Hitchcock’s East End will be a highlight in Create London’s 2013 programme which includes producing the Open East Festival; a weekend of family arts celebration to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a new artist residency with Chisenhale Gallery which will see artist Edward Thomasson work with untrained actors from east London to develop a live performance this summer, the forthcoming announcement of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Create Art Award 2013, and the opening of Open School East this September - a non- fee paying art school and communal space set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and collaborative opportunities between artists, local residents and neighbourhood organisations in the heart of East London.

Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in Europe, east London has remarkably low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the UK. Create London works to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education and social background between the creative community and local people.

By commissioning major projects, attracting new audiences and working in partnership to profile the cultural life of the area, Create London plays a vital role in the continued economic regeneration of east London. The programme is underpinned by Create Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.

Create London have commissioned major projects for 2013 including new interactive theatre production Bank On It which opens up the world of economics to children and is co-commissioned with the Barbican, the opening of Blackhorse Workshop; a place where local residents, artists, designers and DIY-ers can make, mend and learn in Waltham Forest, a new digital interactive film and performance commission from Hannah Perry called Have A Nice Day, a series of commissions for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in partnership with The Architecture Foundation called Emerging East Commissions, The Paper Architect; a site specific theatre performance and workshop series co-commissioned with the Barbican which explores the craft of paper cutting and video projections, and the Create London Talks Programme which will provide an opportunity to examine some of the issues and possibilities of working in the public domain for artists, curators, funders and audiences alike.

Background information for media on all the Create London 2013 Programme commissions can be found here.

Find out more about Hitchcock’s East End and Create London at www.createlondon.org.

Ends.

An image of Leytonstone Mosaics: 'Vertigo mosaic', at Leytonstone Tube Station, is available by request.

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Editor’s Notes

Details on Vertigo screeningVertigo

Saturday 28 September 2013, 7.00pm

St Margaret’s Church, Woodhouse Road, Leytonstone,

E11 3NG

 

Our opening event celebrates Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo.

 

Recently voted by Sight and Sound Magazine as the greatest film of all time, we will be screening the film in the magnificent Victorian surroundings of St Margaret’s Church.

 

Each ticket will include entry to a guided walk that takes in Hitchcock’s birthplace and the local streets where the director grew up, and we will be joined by a very special guest from the film industry for a pre-screening talk.

 

Tickets: £8.50, Waltham Forest residents: £5.50

 

To book and for information on later screenings please visit

www.createlondon.org

 

About Deutsche Bank – the main sponsor of Create London 2013 season

At Deutsche Bank we consider our commitment and contribution to the arts and culture integral to our Corporate Citizenship approach. We believe that creativity is vital to culture; it enriches lives and provides new perspectives, and should be accessible to all.

 

As one of the largest employers in the City of London, we are proud to be the main sponsor of Create which bridges the creative community and the local residents in East London to drive social and economic change. Through a new experiential approach, Create provides the perfect platform to exchange and develop creative ideas, supporting one-off as well as longer-term multi-disciplinary art projects.

 

In making the arts accessible, Create is making a vital contribution not only to local communities but to the UK’s vibrant arts scene. We are proud to be part of this. To learn more about this year’s exciting programme of events, to sign up for free tickets or to volunteer at one of its commissions, visit createlondon.org.

www.db.com

About Create LondonCreate London is supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank, Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, City Bridge Trust and the six Growth Boroughs.  Create London is an associate partner of the Barbican

 

Producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past four years, Create London exists to spread the benefits of the artistic and creative community of east London to local people. Create London commissions and produce multi-disciplinary art projects in east London, which extend the barriers of socially engaged practice. Our conviction is in the power of art to make a positive contribution to our daily lives, encouraging debate, constructive change and social progress.

 

By working outside of traditional cultural spaces and building virtuous circles between artists, creative organisations and local people, we strive to nurture and grow the ambitions of our communities. Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in Europe, east London has remarkably low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the UK. Create London works to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education, and social background between our creative community and local people.

 

By commissioning major projects, attracting new audiences and working in partnership to profile the cultural life of the area, Create London has a vital role to play in the continued economic regeneration of east London. Our programme is underpinned by Create Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities and for local young people.

 

For more info go to http://www.createlondon.org/, or find us on Twitter and Facebook

 

 

About The Scene at Cleveland  Place

The Scene at Cleveland Place will see the heart of Walthamstow transformed into a fantastic new entertainment hub. Along with a nine-screen Empire cinema, there will host homes, restaurants and shops. This development will be complemented by an improved public space. The Scene at Cleveland Place is a joint venture between Hill Residential Ltd, Waltham Forest Council and Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA).

 

For more info go to: www.thescenewalthamstow.co.uk.

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