Recently we had the opportunity to visit the Kubrick Archive at the University of Arts London. At the Archive we were given a brief talk about the work of Kubrick, how he made his films and some of the ridiculous things he demanded. It was very interesting getting to see props that were actually used in his films, like the knife and grenade from ‘Full Metal Jacket’
One thing that everyone was excited for was being able to go into the archive and see all of the boxes that stored the research and props that Stanley had collected over the years. Unfortunatley before we got a chance to go inside, the fire alarm went off and we ended up spending a good 20 minutes waiting outside to be let back in. When we eventually did get back in, we only really had the time to finish the talk, take some pictures of the display that had been prepared before hand and ask some questions. This was very annoying, especially when I learned that the group after us had been able to go into the archive and take a look around.
Out of all of the props on the display, I think my favourites to look at were the grenade and knife from Full Metal Jacket, the ‘All Work and no Play makes Jack a Dull Boy’ Manuscript from The Shining and come of the concept art for 2001: A Space Odyssey. They were all very interesting to look at, especially the 2001 concept art as 2001 is one of my favourite movies.