Talks & Seminars

Art Talk - The Mistress of Menace and The Master of Suspense.

Fas­ci­nat­ing talk by renowned art his­to­ri­an about Du Mau­ri­er and Hitchcock

Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock had much in common. Du Maurier is sometimes described as a romantic novelist but this is completely misleading. Like Hitchcock, she dealt with themes of loneliness, gender, fear, suspense and gothic imagery.

In their work they built compelling and complex emotional landscapes for their characters. Although they never met, the pair produced three key cultural landmarks of the 20th century in Jamaica Inn, Rebecca and The Birds. We will explore Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ (1963) and closely unpack some of the essential scenes in the film and look at the masterful techniques both on the page and on the screen.