8:30pm – Sunday, May 17 on ABC2
When the cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick died, he left behind in his St Albans mansion 1000 boxes filled with…what.
Journalist Jon Ronson is the first person ever to be invited to the house to rifle through the boxes. Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes is a film about that extraordinary journey.
Kubrick’s films were landmark events; majestic, memorable and richly researched. But as the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less was seen of the director. What on Earth was he doing? The boxes have the answer.
Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes seeks to answer other questions: can we get to know a man like Kubrick by examining the things he left behind? Can we get close to understanding his creative process, his genius, by rifling through the contents of these boxes.
And there are other funny and tragic lives trapped within these boxes too – letters from crank fans who hounded Kubrick in the 1970s (Ronson tracks a few of them down 30 years later), plaintive videos from aspiring actors, writers, and so on.
The documentary also includes interviews with the people who knew Kubrick best – his wife, his daughter, and his assistants – and offers a mystery adventure story as well as biography of a cinematic legend.
Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes will be repeated on ABC1 – Sunday, May 24 at 3:00pm