Double Take (12A)

If you meet your double, you should kill him                                               Double Take

If you meet your double, you should kill him                                               Double Take

Free film screenings
Part of ARTIST ROOMS: Johan Grimonprez
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 3pm (running time 83m)

11 March – 3 June 2017

AV Room at Caithness Horizons (3rd floor)

Grimonprez’s feature length film Double Take (2009) was inspired by a short story by Jorge Luis Borges and written by British novelist Tom McCarthy. Skipping between historic events, the Cold War and instant coffee adverts, it shows Alfred Hitchcock coming in to contact with his double.

Just as from a contemporary perspective there is no one “history”, so too are there a multitude of Hitchcocks. So I was interested in making a film about Hitchcock that was not “about” Hitchcock per se, but where he is used as a mirror, both of himself, and for a period of history. For what was the Cold War if not one long, painful MacGuffin?

-              Johan Grimonprez

A MacGuffin is a term popularised by Hitchcock in the 1930s:

an object, event or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.

-          Merriam Webster Dictionary

Double Take is part of ARTIST ROOMS: Johan Grimonprez, a free exhibition of works drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art.

This film has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification. No one younger than 12 may see it unless accompanied by an adult.

ARTIST ROOMS: Johan Grimonprez

Find out more the free ARTIST ROOMS exhibition of works by Johan Grimonprez inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, on display from 11 March – 4 June 2017. 


The ARTIST ROOMS collection is shared with museums and galleries across the UK. 40 million people have visited ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and 600,000 young people have taken part in creative learning projects in their hometowns.

The collection is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and was established in 2008 through The d’Offay Donation with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. The current programme of ARTIST ROOMS across the UK is a partnership until spring 2019 with Ferens Art Gallery, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

This is the second time Caithness Horizons has shown work from the ARTIST ROOMS collection and also the second time that Alfred Hitchcock’s presence has been felt at the museum following the 2014 ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon exhibition, which explored similar themes.

Johan Grimonprez Double Take 2009 - If you meet your double, you should kill him. Or he will kill you (film still). ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d’Offay 2010. Courtesy Universal Pictures Studio