Derby Film Festival Presents

Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail with Neil Brand Live Score at Derby Cathedral

Friday 15th November / 7:00pm

A highpoint of Alfred Hitchcock’s early films and his last silent film, Blackmail is a rich evocation of London Life in 1929. With it’s mix of location filming and a roster of believable working-class characters, Hitchcock seminal thriller sets the tone for later thrillers The 39 Steps (1935) and most famously, Psycho (1960). From it’s opening sequence with the police tracking down a wanted criminal, through scenes on the London Underground, Whitehall, the Lyon’s Tea House at Piccadilly Circus, and onto the climactic chase in and atop the British Museum, Blackmail delivers! We are delighted to welcome Neil Brand to the festival to perform his score to the film.

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Neil Brand is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world has been performing at silent film screenings for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world. On television he appeared in, and supplied music for Paul Merton’s silent film related TV documentaries and has also presented shows on BBC4 including his hugely successful series Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies and Sound of Song.

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Tickets: £13 (standard), £11 (concessions and QUAD members). Free for Derby Film Festival Passholders.

pg Certificate

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Running Time86 minutes