Don’t miss the exclusive Tucson engagement of the 50th anniversary re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm, opening Friday, June 22 at The Loft Cinema!
Leon Vitali was a rising young British television actor when Stanley Kubrick picked him for the role of Lord Bullingdon in 1975’s Barry Lyndon. That first encounter with the famed auteur proved decisive – Leon swiftly resolved to devote the rest of his life working for the director, this time behind the scenes, and took on just about every job available: casting director, acting coach, location scouter, sound engineer, color corrector, A.D., promoter, and eventually restorer of Kubrick’s films.
“An absolute must-see documentary for fans of Stanley Kubrick. Gives cinephilies a unique view inside this closed-door world of Kubrick’s process.” – Chris O’Falt, Indiewire
Tony Zierra’s affecting documentary profiles the devoted “filmworker” – Vitali’s preferred job title – as he enthusiastically recounts his days with the notoriously meticulous, volatile and obsessive director. The experiences brought both tremendous sacrifice and glowing pride. Candid, often funny and sometimes shocking, Filmworker gives unique insight into the creative genius of one of cinema’s greatest directors, as well as the man who helped him fulfill his vision – celebrating the invisible hands that shape masterpieces, and reminding us that behind every great director, there is a Leon Vitali. Featuring interviews with Ryan O’Neal, Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Stellan Skarsgård, Daniel Lloyd, Marie Richardson, Pernilla August and others. (Dir. by Tony Ziera, 2017, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated)