Last Friday I went with a couple of friends to visit the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the London College of Communication; courtesy of our host and Senior Archivist, Richard Daniels. Richard is an absolute mine of information regarding Kubrick and his work and after showing us into the main room, (designed to reference the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey), he took us into the atmosphere controlled archive itself. State-of-the-art remote controlled doors slide back, each in turn to reveal corridors housing relics from every aspect of Kubrick's career.
The Archive itself runs to approximately 900 linear metres and includes production paperwork, letters, props, costumes, publicity materials, production photographs, research, photographs, plans, books, audiovisual material, equipment and press cuttings. This makes my Secret Oranges cupboard pale in comparison!
Below: Kubrick's own well-thumbed copy of Vietnam Inc used as reference for Full Metal Jacket.
The severed head from the final moments of Full Metal Jacket. (click for large)
After three hours, the vault was once again sealed shut and a creatively stimulating time was had by all. Thanks again, Richard! To see images from the Kubrick exhibition when it was in Amsterdam, click here for my previous post.