Rare Alfred Hitchcock film footage uncovered
Footage from Alfred Hitchcock's first film has been uncovered in New Zealand. The British director was 24 when he made the 1923 silent film, The White Shadow.
The three reels were found among some unidentified American nitrate prints, which were left at the New Zealand Film Archive in 1989.
The family of New Zealand projectionist and film collector Jack Murtagh sent the highly flammable prints to the organisation for safe keeping after his death in 1989.
It is not known where the remaining three reels are and no other copy is thought to exist. The footage will be preserved at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.