This is a sponsored article on behalf of the British Film Institute.
A satellite spinning through space to the tune of Blue Danube. A gung-ho cowboy riding an atomic bomb right down to Earth. An unnerving set of identically-dressed twins holding hands in a hotel hallway. Even if you're not a full-on film buff, chances are at least one scene from Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre has made a lasting impression on you.
Notorious for his unrelenting perfectionism, the late film director gave the world some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history through films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, and The Shining — to name but a few. And, this spring, you can discover (or indeed revisit) them all at the BFI Southbank.
20 years since Kubrick's death, BFI Southbank launches a two month season of screenings, from the director's early years, to his glory days, and beyond to 21st century flicks with undeniably Kubrickian influences. From 1 April to 31 May, see the auteur's work as it was intended to be seen: on the big screen and — where possible — in celluloid.
Not sure what to go for? Thanks to the eclectic nature of Kubrick's canon, there's bound to be something that suits your cinematic tastes. Love period dramas? See the sumptuous Barry Lyndon. Bit of a sci-fi fan? You won't want to miss out on 2001: A Space Odyssey in 33mm. Maybe war movies are more your cup of tea — get a front row seat for Full Metal Jacket.
It's not just Kubrick films on show, though. Discover the director's impact on contemporary cinema through screenings of films as diverse as American Psycho and Dunkirk, and expert panel discussions.
BFI Southbank has teamed up with Design Museum, which hosts its own Stanley Kubrick exhibition from 26 April to 17 September, to curate a special programme of events. That includes a dissection of the key elements that comprise Kubrick's cinematic universe, with contributions from the director's daughter, Katharina; a look at the Kubrickian fascination with AI; and an exploration of the male psyche according to Kubrick.
Tickets to all screenings and associated events can be purchased via the BFI website — click here to nab yours before they sell out.
BFI Southbank's Definitive Kubrick season, 1 April-31 May 2019 at BFI Southbank. Click here to view the full programme and book.