Monday, 19 September 2005

hollywood hits acmi - film world flocks to acmi for stanley kubrick exhibition

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is delighted to announce three special international guests; Hollywood actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Stanley Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick and Kubrick's brother-in-law and long term Executive Producer, Jan Harlan will travel to Melbourne for the opening of its latest exhibition, Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker.

As some of the people closest to Stanley Kubrick throughout his career, Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan and Malcolm McDowell, will be present to shed some light on what it was like to live and work with a man who throughout his career was surrounded by rumour and speculation.

Both Christiane Kubrick and Jan Harlan played an integral role in the development of the exhibition, which celebrates the life and career of one of the twentieth century's most influential directors, and examines Kubrick's early career as a magazine photographer, following his progression to iconic and influential filmmaker.

Christiane Kubrick, Stanley's wife said, "I am delighted to be part of this wonderful exhibition celebrating the life and films of my husband. Many people all over the world know of the contribution Stanley Kubrick made to the art of filmmaking and to the film industry.

"This exhibition will give people the opportunity to see behind the scenes of Stanley's iconic movies, and for the first time, witness the creative process and detailed thinking he put into each project. I am so pleased Australian fans and lovers of the art of filmmaking will be able to see the exhibition and am sure they will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of creating it."

Australia's own Nicole Kidman, unable to attend the opening, shared her memories of Stanley Kubrick with ACMI Director Tony Sweeney saying, "I am delighted that the Stanley Kubrick exhibition has come to Melbourne. I have such great memories of Stanley when filming Eyes Wide Shut and I knew then, and know now, that I was working with one of the great artists of his generation. His films will stay relevant for future generations."

Over 1000 pieces of iconic film history from the personal collection of Stanley Kubrick, some never seen before, will be on display tracing Kubrick's near 50 year career through installations, film stills, sound, light and music.

The exhibition will also feature original props, models, costumes, reconstructed set pieces, cameras, technical equipment and extensive working and research documents from a man well known for his meticulousness.

Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker was developed by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, and Christiane Kubrick/Stanley Kubrick Estate.


Jan Harlan
Jan Harlan was Stanley Kubrick's brother-in-law and long term Executive Producer. Harlan's working relationship with Kubrick began in 1969 when he commenced as a Special Assistant during the preparation of Napoleon, a project that attained near mythical status as one of the most well known films never made. He then went onto to work as Kubrick's assistant on A Clockwork Orange and then Executive Producer on Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. He was also Executive Producer on two projects Kubrick did not complete - The Aryan Papers and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). Following Kubrick's death in 1999, Harlan directed and produced, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, released in 2001, it was the first full-length documentary made with the cooperation of the Kubrick family. (This film can be viewed as part of the Stanley Kubrick Collection box set released by Warner Bros).

Christiane Kubrick
Christiane Kubrick was born in Germany in 1932 into a theatrical family and trained as dancer and actress. Success in her early career led to her being cast in Kubrick's 1957 film, Paths of Glory. Christiane married Stanley Kubrick in 1958 and shortly after the Kubrick family moved to England where Christiane followed her passion for painting. Christiane's works have appeared in two of her husband films - A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut and also have been featured in works by Steven Spielberg, on a CD cover design for cellist Alexander Baillie and a cover for a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Christiane has also played a key role in the publication of two books about Kubrick's life and work, she compiled and authored Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and oversaw the creation of the recently released The Stanley Kubrick Archives.

Malcolm McDowell
Having appeared in more than 100 films including O Lucky Man, Cat People, Robert Altman's The Player and cult hit, Tank Girl, Malcolm McDowell is one of America's most accomplished and respected actors. McDowell shot to fame in If, Lindsay Anderson's 1968 film about a young British public schoolboy leading a rebellion against institutionalised oppression. It was this role that saw Kubrick cast Malcolm McDowell as Alex De Large, the infamous teenage leader of a gang of Droogs in his controversial 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. In 1979, McDowell starred in Caligula, a film which at the time again caused controversy and was labelled semi-pornographic. More recently, McDowell has broadened his appeal with audiences with television appearances in Star Trek: Generations and South Park.

Limited interviews with Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan and Malcolm McDowell are available prior to their arrival in Melbourne; media interested should contact Justin Rogers on numbers below.

Further information

Justin Rogers, Communications Coordinator, ACMI ph 03 8663 2475 m 0412 172 887
Danielle Poulos, Communications Coordinator, ACMI ph 8663 2498 m 0417 540 543
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