Work is currently underway on the McGuffins third film… an in-depth documentary about director Alfred Hitchcock’s early days – and particularly his origins in East London.
The film will explore the lesser known facts about his early life and work, while identifying the key sites from his youth which still exist today. Initial filming has already taken place and some rarely seen archive film has also been secured for the production. It is hoped the film will be completed in time for a major Hitchcock-related event currently being prepared for next year.
The McGuffin Film Society is keen to hear from local residents who may be able to contribute to the film – and we are particularly hoping for help in finding images of Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Limehouse from the early 20th Century. We are also hoping to identify photographic images of the various Walthamstow film studios from the same period. If you are able to help, please get in touch.
The story has also been covered by one of the local newspapers…
The film is the brainchild of the McGuffin Film Society. Spokesman Bill Hodgson said: “We live in an area which is woefully neglectful of its cultural history and landmarks. It is therefore particularly important that groups like ourselves do something positive to preserve that heritage while we still can. Hitchcock remains a film icon of world renown and yet most people have no idea about his associations with Waltham Forest. The new film will explain why east London was so important to Hitchcock, while demonstrating why his legacy remains valuable to the area.”