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WHO DONE IT ? HITCHCOCK, THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE John Francis Thursday 14 March 2019

Alfred Hitchcock was a film director and the ‘master of darkness’. Beginning in the ‘silent’ era, he made over fifty feature films, in which we often see innocent people caught up in circumstances beyond their control. After moving to Hollywood, ‘Hitch’ created several masterpieces of cinema, including Vertigo  (1958) and  Psycho  (1960).  Although he is often regarded simply as a skilled entertainer, the French ‘New Wave’ critics argued that Hitchcock’s films should be regarded as artistic masterworks. He remains by far the most studied film director of all time.   His London based dramas, Blackmail (1929) and Dial M for Murder (1954) will be closely analysed.

John Francis is an inspirational speaker who has delivered lecturers, workshops in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts), Beijing, Malaysia and the UK. Initially trained as a painter, John was awarded the Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship in painting in Brooklyn, New York and went on to be artist in resident for the state of Texas.

Later in his career John produced and directed several short films and animations. He has taught film, art and pedagogy at the University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, University Sains Malaysia, Southwestern College, California, Brunel University, London and recently Kingston University.