Friday, August 03, 2012

Hitchcock Hooks "The Girl"

HBO has announced that the BBC TV movie "The Girl", starring Toby Jones as film director 'Alfred Hitchcock' and Sienna Miller as actress 'Tippi Hedren', will air over the network October 2012.

Hedren (Miller), the female lead of Hitchcock's "The Birds", is the focal point of the 'harrowing drama' focusing on the actress as "...the victim of a twisted and obsessive infatuation by Alfred Hitchcock".

Written by Gwyneth Hughes, "The Girl" conveys the infatuation the 62-year-old film director had for the 31-year-old actress, regarded as the last of the 'Hitchcock Blondes'.

Hitchcock made film stars out of blonde actresses Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint, before casting unknown model Hedren in "The Birds" (1963), spotting her in 1962 in a TV commercial for a diet drink on NBC's morning "The Today Show".

"...he soon became obsessed with her and began trying to control all aspects of her life, bombarding her with unwanted gifts and even forbidding her to share cars with male co-stars as he pursued the impossible dream of winning her love..."

Hedren went on to feature in Hitchcock's next film, "Marnie" (1964), co-starring actor Sean Connery, but refused any further work with the director, later saying she was unable to handle Hitchcock's sexual advances.

"Everyone knows Hitchcock was keen on his blondes," said writer Hughes.

"Unfortunately for Tippi, he developed a twisted and obsessive love for her that left her feeling isolated and terrified. He made repeated sexual advances towards her and tried to take over her life."

Along with Jones, (the voice of 'Dobby', the 'house-elf', in the "Harry Potter" films), fellow "Harry Potter" cast member Imelda Staunton co-stars as Hitch's long-suffering wife.

The real Tippi Hedren, now 80-years old, is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith ("Body Double").

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Marnie"...