On the one hand a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, on the other an investigation into a look-alike culture, Looking for Alfred is a witty and multi-levelled deconstruction of notions of reality. Focusing on Hitchcock’s regular cameo appearances in each of his films, Looking for Alfred deploys a number of Hitchcock look-alikes to conjure up an unexpected narrative from Hitch’s fifty-year history of walk-on parts. Shot amongst the atmospheric interiors of the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, this labyrinth of look-alikes and doubles combines Hitchcock’s flair for cinematic suspense with a quiet and beguiling surrealism reminiscent of that other great modernist artist, Rene Magritte. Looking for Alfred is accompanied by two documentary items: an interview with Ron Burrage, the world’s most famous Hitchcock look-alike, as well as an edit of the casting sessions. These three films together form the installation Looking for Alfred.


Title Looking For Alfred
Original title Looking For Alfred
Original language English
Status Completed
Category Shorts , Experimental
Year 2004


Cast Zale Kessler, Bruce Ho, Roger Swaine, Ron Burrage, Delfine Bafort, Erik Grimonprez, José Bouchat
Photography Martin Testar
Editing Johan Grimonprez
Music Bernard Hermann

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

Technical specs

Running time film in loop
Release format 16mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by

VAF, Arts Council England, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Photographers Gallery


Prestigious ZKM International Media Award (Medienkunstpreis) 2005

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Director Johan Grimonprez
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Johan Grimonprez

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