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Hitchcock goes digital

TheSpace.org to host online broadcast of The Ring, which has been restored by the BFI.

Having recently been restored by the BFI National Archive, Alfred Hitchock’s black & white, silent drama The Ring is set to be screened at London’s Hackney Empire tomorrow evening, Friday 13th July at 20:00. The film will be accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack composed and performed by award-winning jazz musician Soweto Kinch.

Running simultaneously with that screening, the event will also be broadcast online exclusively on digital arts channel www.TheSpace.org. Since it launched in May, The Space has become the number one online destination for free film-focused live events, rare archive material and interactive collections.

In the build-up to the stream, the website will also host several documentaries about Hitchock, plus an interview that the seminal British director gave to the BBC’s Late Night Line-Up in 1966.

The Hackney Empire has been selected as the stage for the special event not only because the film is set partially in the East of London, but also because Hitchcock used to frequent the venue in the early part of the 20th century, possibly to view boxing matches, which make up the film’s subject matter.

Described by BFI curator Robin Baker as, “one of the three greatest silent films Hitchcock made,” The Ring recounts the tale of two boxers who become involved in a love triangle after they both fall for the same woman.

One of Hitchock’s earliest works – his fourth completed feature - The Ring is the only of Hitchcock’s films for which he is given a full writing credit.

The BFI’s Genius of Hitchcock full programme is available here.

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