HBO’s “The Girl” premieres on Saturday, October 20th. Today the official artwork was released that examines Tippi Hedren’s strange relationship with Alfred Hitchcock.
Hedren cooperated by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto consulted on the project. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold directed with Sienna Miller starring as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton are also in the cast.
Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film — The Birds. But as he sculpted Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. His failure arguably destroyed both of their careers.
In a statement Hughes said: “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, her wisdom and insights have helped me to put her real life ordeal on to the screen.”