Thursday, December 01, 2005
It’s shaping up to be a very busy end of the year. Whilst in Melbourne as well as witnessing Ra Choi’s victory at the AGWIE’s I attended the press launch and gala opening of Stanley Kubrick - Inside the Mind of a Visionary Filmmaker. The exhibition is awe inspiring; items on display include Alex’s cane from A Clockwork Orange, ape costumes, space suits and the Starchild from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the typewriter and the axe from The Shining, costumes from Spartacus and Barry Lyndon and Tom Cruise's venetian mask from Eyes Wide Shut, the list is endless. We even get to see the great directors research work for his two great unmade films; Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. His library on Napoleon is the biggest in the world. With over 1000 artefacts on display you do indeed feel like you are walking through film history. If any readers can get to Melbourne before the end of January I heartily recommend you pay ACMI a visit. Malcolm McDowell was a warm and funny interviewee; the enthusiasm in which he still talks about A Clockwork Orange and Kubrick was a pleasure to hear. A Big thank you to Justin Rogers at ACMI for arranging everything.