Magazine article Screen International

Sacha Gervasi Talks Hitchcock

Magazine article Screen International

Sacha Gervasi Talks Hitchcock

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Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi took AFM delegates behind the scenes of his new film, fresh from the previous night's world premiere.

Speaking on stage to Bafta's John Simon, the British director said: "From the start, I wanted Hitchcock to be a love story about collaboration - not a historical record of how Psycho was made."

It was this approach that convinced producer Tom Pollock to put the documentary film-maker in the director's chair.

"I think they interviewed 27 directors and I was number 27 on the list. But Tom Pollock said he felt in his gut that I should direct. He said: 'Seems crazy, let's do it anyway.'"

Gervasi was previously best known as the director of music documentary Anvil: the Story of Anvil and drew parallels between the two films.

"Anvil is about a loving relationship and collaboration over a number of years - Hitchcock is the same."

Hitchcock, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, opened AFI Fest at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday.More quotes...

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3) "What did I learn from Spielberg? He taught me fluidity, energy, precision; his level of concentration is so intense and his ability to get in and out and move on is extraordinary. …

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