DVD & Blu-ray review: The Girl (12) Julian Jarrold (90mins)


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"You look like the back end of a bus," growls Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) to his long-suffering PA (Penelope Wilton) in this compelling portrait of the director's sadistic relationship with his leading lady, Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller), on The Birds and Marnie.

Hitch "discovers" the unknown fashion model and duly flatters, grooms, gropes and persecutes Hedren until she finally escapes his penetrative gaze. Miller is very winning as the steely blonde, but it's Jones who is outstanding, fully embodying Britain's finest auteur.