While much attention has been paid to Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of the Master of Suspense in the upcoming feature, Hitchcock, cable network HBO is about to showcase Alfred Hitchcock in its own movie, The Girl, which airs this Saturday, October 20th.
Starring Toby Jones as Hitchcock, The Girl takes a look behind the scenes at the filming of The Birds (1963), which featured former model-turned-novice actress, Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller), as a young socialite beset by a swarm of violent birds terrorizing a Northern California seaside town.
Based in part on Donald Spoto's book, Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, the film focuses on the destructively obsessive relationship Hitchcock had with Hedren during production, where the director went from mentor to tormentor as he demanded sexual favors and subjected her to live bird attacks for the film's climactic moment without informing the actress.
While he had always objectified his blonde actresses, most notably Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly, Hitchcock was uniquely obsessed with Hedren and dominated the actress behind the scenes like he did with no other. The destructive relationship took its toll on him as well, and according to friends Hitchcock was never the same again.
Directed by Julian Jarrod (Red Riding: 1974, Brideshead Revisited), The Girl airs this Saturday, October 20th on HBO and co-stars Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock.
Toby Jones as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Hedren in 'The Girl'/HBO Films