Sacha Gervasi
British writer
Sacha Gervasi
Alexander Sacha Simon Gervasi is a British journalist, screenwriter and Independent Spirit Award and Emmy Award winning director.
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Scott Mendelson: Review: Hitchcock Thinks You Can't Handle the Truth
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Hitchcock 2012 95 minutes rated PG-13 by Scott Mendelson It is telling that the opening frames of Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock don't even give us the usual 'based on a true story' text as its allegedly non-fiction story begins.  It's the only honest moment of the entire picture, which is so gloriously full of shit that it can't bear to even pretend that the story it's presenting is remotely truthful.  Technically based on Stephen Rebello's 1990 book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the film alters history, dilutes the contributions of talented individuals, commits outright libel against others, while basically ignoring its central subject (the, um, making of Psycho) in favor of a contrived would-be romantic conflict between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  Worse yet, the story is told in broad, on-the-nose strokes that resembles the kind of writing found in bad childrens' cartoons and the picture revolves ...
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Jessica Biel: 'Hitchcock' After Party with Helen Mirren!
Just Jared - over 4 years
Jessica Biel celebrates in style at the after premiere party for her film Hitchcock held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday (November 20) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 30-year-old actress was joined at the after party by co-stars Helen Mirren and Toni Collette, as well as the film’s director Sacha Gervasi. In case you missed it, check out Jess at the premiere of the flick earlier in the evening. “Lemme tell you about my girl crush on these two… Helen and Toni!” Jess tweeted that night. 10+ pictures inside of Jessica Biel and her co-stars at the after party for Hitchcock‘s Beverly Hills premiere…
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What's The First Word On 'Hitchcock'?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
-- The man who made "Psycho" was no lightweight, though he kind of comes off that way in "Hitchcock." Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator, Alma, "Hitchcock" puts a featherlight yet entertaining touch on the behind-the-scenes struggle to make the mother of all slasher films. Hitchcock's very dark side gets superficial treatment as the film offers the cinematic equivalent of psychobabble to explore the director's notorious gluttony, sexual repression and idolization of his leading ladies. Though shallow, "Hitchcock" has a playful quality that often makes it good fun, its spirit of whimsy a wink that the filmmakers know they're riffing on Hitchcock's merrily macabre persona and not examining the man with any great depth or insight. "Hitchcock" is a promising move into dramatic filmmaking for director Sacha Gervasi after his 2009 documentary "Anvil: The Story of Anvil," a chronicle of heavy-metal wannabes w ...
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See Stunning New Pictures of Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel in Hitchcock
US Magazine - over 4 years
Sixteen days before the release of Hitchcock, Fox Searchlight has released new stills from the film about legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's life and marriage at the time he was making his 1960 horror classic Psycho. PHOTOS: Scarlett Johansson's romantic history Scarlett Johansson, 27, and Jessica Biel, 30, play the parts of that film's leading ladies, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively. In a recent interview with V magazine, Johansson opened up about recreating Psycho's iconic shower scene. "We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet," she recalled. "They were concerned with modesty and all these things -- but I don't care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either." PHOTOS: Jessica Biel's hottest, most revealing body moments Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins plays the famous filmmaker. "You have got to be brave, get into the show ...
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Hitchcock's Newest Poster Features The Rest Of The Cast Going Psycho
Perez Hilton - over 4 years
Ah! We knew it would come. The team behind Hitchcock has released more marketing material which showcases all of the film's major characters, not just the titular director played by Anthony Hopkins. The newest poster (above) features Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, James D'Arcy as Psycho star Anthony Perkins, Danny Huston as Whitfield Cook and Toni Collette playing the iconic director's personal assistant. While we thought it was going to be a simple biopic about all of the dramz that went down behind the scenes during the making of Psycho, it turns out it's actually a love story. Director Sacha Gervasi revealed the core of the story is Hitchcock's relationship with his wife and explained: “I think Alma accepts Hitch for exactly who he is and knows his idiosyncrasies and his crazy predilections. She allows him to have his obsessions and I think our movie is about a point where they sort of escalate. Their marriage ...
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First Look At 'Hitchcock'
Popeater - over 4 years
Fox Searchlight surprised many Oscar watchers when it announced that Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" would debut right in the middle of awards season. Out Nov. 23, the film -- which chronicles director Alfred Hitchcock relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, during the production of "Psycho" -- is still cloaked in mystery: It's one of the few Oscar contenders without a trailer or fancy festival premiere date. In an effort to kickstart the campaign, however, Fox Searchlight has released some new stills from the film, showcasing Anthony Hopkins (as Hitchcock), Helen Mirren (as Reville) and Scarlett Johansson as "Psycho" star Janet Leigh. It's expected Hopkins will compete for Best Actor against Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"), John Hawkes ("The Sessions") and perhaps Denzel Washington ("Flight"). Check out the photos below. "Hitchcock" is out on Nov. 23.
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"Hitchcock" World Premiere to Open AFI Fest
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES ( - "Hitchcock," the Sacha Gervasi film starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville, will have its world premiere on the opening night of the 2012 AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced on Thursday. The film, which was recently scheduled for a November release by Fox Searchlight, will premiere at AFI Fest on Thursday, November 1. "Hitchcock" focuses on the making of the 1960 film "Psycho," and also features Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. ...
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Anthony Hopkins vanishes (mostly) into 'Hitchcock'
LATimes - almost 5 years
Almost 32 years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock is still shocking audiences — but the petrified patrons are not in any movie theater. Instead, the invited guests (actually paid actors) were inside a Pasadena mansion during the second week of filming for “Hitchcock,” a fictionalized look at the English filmmaker during the preparation, filming and release of 1960’s “Psycho.” Hitchcock — or a very approximate facsimile — was on a recent day throwing a bomb into an otherwise genteel tea party, handing out a batch of gruesome crime scene photographs to announce his intentions to tell a grisly tale of murder and mutilation. The Fox Searchlight production, which could be ready by year's end, stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and creative collaborator, Alma Reville. The cast includes Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. It is the first narrative feature directed by screenwriter and documentary ...
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‘Hitchcock’ Revealed By Fox Searchlight
Deadline Hollywood - almost 5 years
This is the studio’s first look at Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in director Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, which recently started filming as the love story between the famed helmer and his wife. It’s based on Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho:
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First Look: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Fox Searchlight Pictures has debuted the very first look at Anthony Hopkins as the legendary Alfred Hitchcock in Sacha Gervasi’s (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) upcoming biopic. Now we know what Hopkins looks like in Hitch make-up, you can almost hear his voice in your head delivering The Master of Suspense’s immortal dry line, “Good Evening”. Not that I think Hopkins looks much like Hitchcock mind you. Then again he didn’t look a great deal like Richard Nixon either in Oliver Stone’s mid 90′s movie but he delivered a compelling and fiery performance that sure felt like Nixon. Filming began this week on the movie which is now simply going by the title ‘Hitchcock’ and no longer ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’, the name of the Stephen Rebello book upon which it is based. A wise choice, I’d say. The film revolves around Hitchcock’s mindset during the making of his seminal horror movie ‘Psycho’ and just like last year’s successful ‘My Week With Marilyn’ is a behind-the-curt ...
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Hopkins’ Make-Up as Hitchcock
Lez Get Real - almost 5 years
Hopkins in make-up as Hitchcock You wouldn’t think that a movie about the making of Psycho could ever be as interesting as the movie itself, but Sacha Gervasi‘s film Hitchcock has a lot going in its favor. It boasts an impressive cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Helen Mirren, James D’Arcy and Jessica Biel. The crowning glory of the cast is Anthony Hopkins, who is set to play the iconic Alfred Hitchcock. Hopkins recently revealed his commitment to the character with a first-look image showing  just how impressive an actor’s transformation can be with a little help from some make-up. The make-up is very impressive considering that Hopkins’ normal face has no resemblance to Hitchcock. It’s hard to know how the make-up effect will work in the actual film, but it seems like they are not really going for physical resemblance anyway considering that Scarlett Johansson was cast as Janet Leigh. Alfred Hitchcock It seems that Hitchcock will be telling a fascina ...
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Casting Call: John Cho and Clark Duke Join IDENTITY THIEF, Ralph Macchio Heads to HITCHCOCK, and Josh Charles Boards BIRD PEOPLE
Collider - almost 5 years
We’ve got a few casting stories to share with you this evening.  Briefly: Identity Thief – John Cho and Clark Duke join the comedy toplined by Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. Hitchcock – Ralph Macchio is set in a real-life role in the story of the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Bird People – Josh Charles is set to star in the English and French-language drama with supernatural elements. Hit the jump for more on each project and who the aforementioned actors will play. Per THR, John Cho and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have joined the promising comedy Identity Thief.  Jason Bateman stars as a man whose identity has been stolen by an unstable woman (Melissa McCarthy).  Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to helm, and Amanda Peet also stars. Cho is set to play a rising investment exec who is trying to entice Bateman’s character to join him in starting his own firm, and Duke will play “an Eagle Scout who, along with his buddies, is on a secret r ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sacha Gervasi
  • 2012
    Age 46
    In 2012, Gervasi directed Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh.
    More Details Hide Details Other cast members included Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D'Arcy and Michael Wincott. The film was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures. His grandfather Frank Gervasi was Rome bureau chief for Hearst's International News Service and joined Collier's Weekly at the start of World War II, covering the fall of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. He was later a correspondent for The Washington Post and the chief of information for the Marshall Plan in Italy. His grandmother was Katherine McQuiggan from Philadelphia but he grew up with fifties singer Georgia Gibbs who married his grandfather Frank in the early 1960s and whose million-selling singles include "Kiss of Fire", "Dance with Me, Henry" and "Tweedle Dee". She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While in London, he co-founded the music group Future Primitives with Gavin Rossdale, playing drums, but left the year before they changed their name to Bush and subsequently became world-famous.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    In 2010, he married British theatre producer Jessica de Rothschild (b. 1974) of the Rothschild family and daughter of British financier Evelyn Robert de Rothschild.
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    The film went on to win Best Documentary at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles and Best Music Film and Best Documentary Feature at the International Documentary Association Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Anvil! The Story of Anvil won an Emmy Award in 2010 in the category of Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming.
    The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was appointed the Hunter/Zakin screenwriting chair at UCLA and taught there in spring 2009. In 2009, Gervasi presented Steven Zaillian with the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    The film was named Best Documentary of 2009 at the Evening Standard British Film Awards in London.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Martin of Coldplay presented the award. In 2009, the Motion Picture Association of America opened the category of Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10. In October 2009, Anvil! The Story of Anvil was the first screener to be sent out for considering of the expanded Best Picture category as well as for Best Documentary. There was disappointment when 'Anvil' was one of the more high-profile films not short-listed in the Best Documentary category.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    The film premièred at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, and won Audience Awards at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Galway International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film has received praise and high acclaim in many reviews, including a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Michael Moore said that the movie is "the best documentary I've seen in years" and The Times called it "possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll".
  • 2006
    Age 40
    On 14 May 2006 Geri Halliwell gave birth to their daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell.
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  • 2005
    Age 39
    He reunited with Anvil after a break of 20 years, and started shooting a rockumentary about them in November 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 38
    Gervasi got his film-writing start with The Big Tease, which he co-wrote with Craig Ferguson. He went on to pen The Terminal, made into a film in 2004 directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks.
    More Details Hide Details According to London's The Daily Telegraph: "He is one of only two English screenwriters to have their scripts made into movies by Steven Spielberg. Other films for which he has written include Comrade Rockstar for Tom Hanks and How to Marry a Millionaire for Nicole Kidman. He wrote and executive produced Henry's Crime, starring Keanu Reeves, James Caan and Vera Farmiga.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    From 1999 to 2000, he was the voice of Jaguar Cars on US radio and television.
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  • 1995
    Age 29
    Gervasi moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to attend the graduate screen-writing programme at UCLA Film School, where he twice won the BAFTA/LA scholarship.
    More Details Hide Details While in the programme, he supported himself by working as a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Times, The Observer, and Punch.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    After completing his degree, he subsequently worked for John Calder of the Samuel Beckett archive helping to arrange a vast sale of Beckett's personal papers at Sotheby's in 1989, including Beckett's own annotated version of Waiting for Godot which sold to Trinity College, Dublin.
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  • 1966
    Age 0
    Born in 1966.
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