Toronto, October 31, 2014 – Few filmmakers in cinema history have received as much attention and analysis as Stanley Kubrick. His films — only sixteen over a 48-year career — have lost none of their potency in the years since their production and continue to be a huge source of fascination and inspiration to many.
Kubrick’s movies span genres from noir thrillers to war films, from political satires to science fiction, their virtuosity only matched by the ideas they present and the answers they and their creator withhold. Although never stylish himself, Kubrick’s sense of style flourished through the memorable characters in his movies. Who can forget the Oscar Award winning costumes in Spartacus, Lolita’s heart-shapped glasses, the clean minimalistic fashion style and gadgets in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the mod/punk inspired Droogs in Clockwork Orange, and of course those ornate masks and costumes in Eyes Wide Shut.
Last night, TIFF held its annual charity fundraiser BOOMBOX and this year they were celebrating the Canadian premiere of the highly anticipated Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. The exhibit highlights the life and work of the legendary American film auteur. The all-out blast of film, art, cocktails and culture, featured a silent auction and Kubrick-themed interactive art installations and music. Redesigned for Toronto audiences, Stanley Kubrick is TIFF’s largest exhibition to date. Merging big screen fantasy with the real world, TIFF Bell Lightbox was transformed into a Kubrick-inspired extravaganza. Party-goers stepped into the 15-foot-long space tunnel in the 2001: A Space Odyssey-themed atrium, and visited a larger-than-life interactive Photo Booth version of HAL 9000, created by Toronto-based creative agency Young Offenders’ Bobby Kimberly, Fezz Stenton and Adam Belanger.
Canadian DJ and Juno nominated record producer Skratch Bastid and Young Offenders’ Ferenc Stenton provided the soundtrack to the evening. Inspired by one of Kubrick’s most controversial films, A Clockwork Orange, the loading docks of TIFF Bell Lightbox became the Record Store, Alex DeLarge’s bedroom, and the Korova Milkbar, complete with cocktails from the Milkbar maids, the Droog characters, and music from Toronto DJ Pierre Bois. Gourmet treats featured Kubrick-inspired canapés were served by Parts & Labour along with cocktails from Oliver & Bonacini throughout the night.
On the second floor, the spooky Grady twins and Jack Torrance characters from The Shining mingled with guests, who could order a drink from Lloyd the Bartender at the Overlook Hotel Bar in the TIFF Lounge, sit atop Danny’s adult-size tricycle on The Shining carpet, take a seat at the War Room table from Dr. Strangelove, ride the bomb like Major Kong in Cinema 2, and have Dr. Strangelove or A Clockwork Orange-style make-up applied by artists from PRODUCT and George Brown College. Eyes Wide Shut took over the Luma restaurant for an exclusive experience with provocative dance performances from HiM and Toronto artist collective Everyone Is An Artist.
Stanley Kubrick runs from October 31, 2014 until January 25, 2015 and is accompanied by a comprehensive look at his oeuvre, Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey. Throughout the run of the retrospective several esteemed guests, scholars and Kubrick collaborators will introduce a number of screenings and explore the themes and continued influence of Kubrick’s work. For more details visit tiff.net/kubrick.
The exhibition is organized by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan, and the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London, with the support of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Sony-Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Universal Studios Inc., and SK Film Archives LLC. At TIFF Bell Lightbox, Stanley Kubrick is organized by Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, and Laurel MacMillan, Director of Exhibitions.
Photos: George Pimentel & Connie Tsang for TIFF
TIFF Lightbox Celebrates Stanley Kubrick Gallery