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Leon Vitali/Stanley Kubrick documentary Filmworker on DVD in July

4 June 2018

Following its critically acclaimed theatrical release, Filmworker – the remarkable story of Leon Vitali, the up-and-coming actor who gave up fame and fortune to serve for decades as legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man – is set for its DVD debut.

As a long-time admirer of Stanley Kubrick’s work, it was Vitali’s dream come true when he landed the role of ‘Lord Bullingdon’ in Barry Lyndon. His performance was highly acclaimed and a wealth of prestigious film, television and stage offers flooded on, but they weren’t to be. Having become enthralled by the director’s all-encompassing process of creation, the actor sacrificed his flourishing career to take on the humble role of assistant to the master filmmaker. For more than two decades, he played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his seminal body of work.

In Filmworker, Leon Vitali’s candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon’s private collection.

Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from renowned actors including Ryan O’Neal, Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Stellan Skarsgård, Marie Richardson, Danny Lloyd, alongside family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Vitali, add an important layer of detail and impact to the story.

Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process. By experiencing Leon Vitali’s journey, we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless filmmaking is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.

Filmworker DVD pack shot

Decribed by Sight & Sound as "a love letter to all the unsung, workaday, below-the-line talent who make every film possible," Filmworker arrives on UK DVD on 2 July 2018 and is available now on demand from Dogwoof.

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