Our screening on Tuesday 29 August will followed by a post film discussion in the Garden Cinema bar, hosted by Perrier Award-nominated director and comedian (and Hitchcock aficionado), John Gordillo.
In Hitchcock’s unflinchingly dark and tragic study of obsession, acrophobic ex-cop Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) compulsively remodels Judy Barton (Kim Novak) in the image of his dead love Madeleine Elster (also Novak).
Though at first the film was criticised for giving away the plot twist halfway through, it has since won classic status as a hallucinatory fable about the instability of desire, and in 2012 became the film to pip Citizen Kane to the top position in Sight and Sound's prestigious Greatest Films poll. Ranked 2nd in the 2022 poll.
John Gordillo is a director, currently editing Tales from the Colony Room, a documentary about bohemian Soho adapted from the book by Darren Coffield.
His background is in comedy. He has directed live specials for Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Sean Lock, Reginald D Hunter.
He also directed & produced the TV series Freewheeling with Ross Noble, and has devised & directed live & touring shows with Reginald D Hunter, Josh Widdicombe, Shazia Mirza, Mark Steel, Seann Walsh & Shappi Khorsandi among others.
James Stewart, Kim Novak