A film tackling both the creative process and the creation of Hitchcock’s Psycho is certainly a daunting task. Alfred Hitchcock’s on set antics, and his obsessive nature, have long provoked interest. Notably Hitchcock, based on Stephen Rebello’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, is not alone in its central focus: the BBC production The Girl deals with Hitchcock’s obsession with Tippi Hedren.
Hitchcock focuses upon the development, production and subsequent reception of Psycho; films that focus upon the creative process are often ostensibly dull, struggling to represent visually the mental process.Hitchcock anchors this creative process through showcasing Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife, and the interactions of the people around him. Whether this works in practise of course remains to be seen, but with a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins in the title role, along with Helen Mirren as his wife and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Hitchcock certainly piques my interest.