Saffron Hall and Saffron Screen team up for Hitchcock end-of-season finale

September 23, 2015


Saffron Hall’s 2014-15 season draws to a close on Sunday 12 July, 7pm with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 silent movie Blackmail, accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and shown in partnership with Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden’s not-for-profit, community cinema.

Film fans may know that Hitchcock produced two versions of the film Blackmail, one silent and one with sound, in response to the technical developments in cinemas in the 1930’s. The restored print of the now rarely screened, but for many critics superior, silent version will be shown on the big screen in Saffron Hall accompanied by a specially commissioned full length score by British composer Neil Brand, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Timothy Brock.

The evening heralds the first collaboration between the world class concert hall and independent cinema and includes a Q&A in the hall between composer Neil Brand, conductor Timothy Brock and Saffron Screen’s Rebecca del Tufo following the film.

Based on the play by Charles Bennett – who also worked with Hitchcock on The 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much – Blackmail (1929) is an atmospheric thriller and a rich evocation of London life.

Saffron Hall and Saffron Screen will collaborate again later in the year with a screening of Hitchcock’s seminal thriller Psycho, with Bernard Hermann’s famous score performed live by Britten Sinfonia (Oct 10).

Tickets for both events are priced at £10-25 and available online at, at the Tourist Information Office in Saffron Walden or by phone on 0845 548 7650. Ample free car parking is available to the front and rear of the grounds. For those coming by train, a free minibus service will be in operation between Audley End Station and Saffron Hall an hour before and after the screening.

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