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Looking for Alfred

Directed by Johan Grimonprez, 2004

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Short fiction, Belgium-UK
10’, 35mm/DVCam, 3:4 letterbox, stereo, colour

Looking for Alfred


“I thought I was safe until you guys came along, digging up all those others Hitchcock look-alikes. Now we will have to find ways of disposing of them...” – Ron Burrage, professional Hitchcock look-alike.

What’s your favorite Hitchcock film?
Obsessed with de/reconstructing our corrupted visions of media, celebrity and appearance, Johan Grimonprez assembled a bewildering gaggle of Hitchcock lookalikes, staggering in girth and exacting in attitude, in a quest to find the most accurate specimen. The extent of such an endeavour is matched only by its fiendish yet stylish plot – recording them both in and out of character – whilst the would-be dopplegangers replay a selection of the trademark cameo appearances that Hitch made in his own flicks. The result could be seen as a dethroning of the Master of Suspense or as a celebration of iconography. Just don’t take a shower before you see it!



Written and directed by Johan Grimonprez

Hitchcock look-alikes José Bouchat, Ron Burrage, Erik Grimonprez, Bruce Ho, Zale Kessler, Roger Swaine

Hitchcock soundalike Mark Perry, Tippi Hedren, Delfine Bafort

Additional hitchcocks David Adler, John Barrett, Simon Fischer-Becker, Stephen Guy Daltry, Peter Mair, Bill Moody, Richard Rycroft, Frank Scantori

Director of photography Martin Testar

Soundscape by Dominique Pauwels

Original music by Bernard Herrmann

Chief Editor Nicolas Bacou

Produced by Emmy Oost for Zapomatik, Steven Bode for Film & Video Umbrella

Associate produced by Corinne Castel for Anna Sanders Films

In association with Anna Sanders Films, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles and The Photographers' Gallery

Made possible by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Arts Council England and the Ministry of Culture, Image/Mouvement (Centre National des Arts Plastiques-Paris)

Additional support from Deitch Projects, Riksutstillinger - The National Touring Exhibitions Norway, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Media Space Inc., Victoria, Gent and Productiehuis Rotterdamse Schouwburg


ZKM / Center for Art and Media (DE), 2005 Winner International Media Award

Artfilmbiennale, Cologne 2005, International Competition Special mention of the Film Critics Jury

EMAF / European Media Art Festival (DE), 2006 Winner of the European Media Award