A major season on Stanley Kubrick is now showing at London's BFI Southbank and a Kubrick exhibition opens at the end of April at The Design Museum. In this documentary, discover the man who, for more than two decades, played a crucial role in helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work.
It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick’s 'Barry Lyndon'. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man.
In 'Filmworker', Leon’s candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon’s private collection. Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Leon add an important layer of detail and impact to the story.
★★★★ "Poignant" - Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
★★★★ "An absorbing, important portrait of both a genius at work and the man behind the scenes who made the magic possible" - Ian Freer, Empire
★★★★ "Fascinating and ineffably sad" - Kevin Maher, The Times
★★★★ "A revealing and stirring celebration of one of cinema’s unacknowledged heroes" - Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian