Alfred Hitchcock: A Retrospective

Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense cinema, will be celebrated with a major film retrospective at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) from 7 October to 27 November.

Arts Minister Rachel Nolan said Alfred Hitchcock: A Retrospective will screen in GoMA’s Australian Cinémathèque and include all of the director’s feature films and 17 episodes he directed for television.

“This is an absolute must for Hitchcock fans with GoMA showing his earliest silent movies to his Hollywood thrillers and all 17 self-directed television episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–62),” Ms Nolan said.

“Hitchcock remains one of the most recognised and successful filmmakers of the 20th century and this retrospective will bring together six decades of work, sourced from international film archives, studio vaults and distributors, to be shown on the best available screening materials internationally.

“There will be a special Hitchcock lounge for the films shown on Friday nights and there will be musicians performing for Sunday screenings.

“GoMA will undoubtedly put on a great show, having built a reputation for delivering the big names in art and culture.

“The Bligh Government’s investment in the Gallery has delivered a great return for Queensland, generating a $45 million boost to tourism and the state economy in the five year’s since it opened.”

Films to be shown as part of the retrospective include silent works The Pleasure Garden (1925) and The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) to British thrillers The 39 Steps (1935) and Sabotage (1936) as well as Hollywood thrillers, Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963) and Rear Window (1954).

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said tickets were now on sale for Alfred Hitchcock: A Retrospective.

“For Friday night screenings of Hitchcock’s most popular and acclaimed titles the Gallery will transform the cinema’s foyer into a lounge bar,” Mr Ellwood said.

“This Hitchcock Lounge, open each Friday during the season from 5.30pm, will offer drinks, a light supper and a DJ drawing inspiration from the films and their scores with a blend of smooth jazz and modern retro.

“On Sundays, Hitchcock’s silent films will be accompanied by musicians-in-residence The Quadratic Contingency. This post-jazz ensemble of piano, drums, clarinet and double bass will draw on classical and traditional jazz music to create evocative live scores for Hitchcock’s earliest films, including rarely screened classics such as The Lodger (1927).”

Alfred Hitchcock: A Retrospective
Venue: GoMA

Dates:  07/10–27/11/11
Official Site:

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