I think the time is ripe for a quick update on the BFI’s Hitchcock 9 project, and a reminder that you can still donate to the restoration work. The BFI put out a statement this week saying that the restored Hitchcock silents will be screened in London next year as part of the London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. From what we’ve heard before, we can expect a variety of screenings around town, from large-scale outdoor events to more intimate screenings in smaller venues. Just the sort of thing to get Silent London all hot and bothered. This will be followed in the autumn by a full Hitchcock retrsopective at BFI Southbank, which is cause for celebration in itself.
The BFI has also, excitingly, announced three of the composers who will be scoring the films. Avant-garde composer Tansy Davies is on board but has not selected a film yet. Recent graduate Daniel Cohen will be working on The Pleasure Garden and his score will be performed by Academy Manson Ensemble from the Royal Academy of Music. The songwriter, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney will be writing music for the London Symphony Orchestra to play alongside The Lodger, possibly the best known film in the group.
We await further musical announcements with interest, but surely, surely, there is an opportunity here for us to hear Neil Brand’s orchestral score for Blackmail again?
This is primarily a technical project, however, and if you’re intrigued by the work that is being done to restore these films, then this video is a must watch, as the archivists involved in the Hitchcock 9 project answer questions submitted via email and Twitter. The responses, and indeed the questions, are impressively detailed:
So, if you want to watch these fantastic films in top condition in 2012, and you haven’t donated, well here’s a handy link.