The film will screen in the Archive Gala slot at the BFI London Film Festival.
The BFI’s Hitchcock season, The Genius Of Hitchcock, is to close with the world premiere of the newly restored The Manxman, which will screen as part of the London Film Festival (Oct 10-21).
The 1929 film - Hitchcock’s last completely silent project - is based on Sir Hall Caine’s novel and centres around a love triangle set amongst a fishing community on the Isle of Man.
It will screen as the Archive Gala at the BFI London Film Festival, at the Empire, Leicester Square with a new score by Stephen Horne on Oct 19.
The screening marks the end of the BFI’s Hitchcock season, which was the culmination of a three year national archive project to restore Hitchcock’s early silent films. The premiere will be in assocation with the Krasner Fund which has been donated to the BFI by Ella Krasner to support the BFI’s archive activities.
Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO said, “We are delighted to welcome Ella Krasner to the BFI. Her donation will support the work of the BFI collections and the fund we are launching with her at the Archive Gala will act as a meaningful catalyst to leverage additional significant funds for the same cause. We are very grateful to her for initiating a new concept of support for our Archive in a sustainable way.”
Clare Stewart, BFI head of exhibition & artistic director, BFI LFF added: “We are delighted to be showing The Manxman at The Empire, a cinema which Hitchcock knew, with an accompaniment from Stephen Horne, a hugely talented composer who is guaranteed to produce something worthy of the LFF’s prestigious archive presentation.”
The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 10-21, 2012.