Filmworker

Opens Friday, June 15
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1hr 34mins // directed by:Tony Zierra // featuring:Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick

It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as ‘Lord Bullingdon” in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

On the brink of a successful acting career, the young actor stepped back from the limelight in order to become the right-hand man to perhaps the most influential and ground-breaking filmmaker of his time, Stanley Kubrick. Vitali played a crucial part in the director's career, working tirelessly in close collaboration with Kubrick in helping to make and maintain his extraordinary legacy of work.

Vitali's unique working relationship with Kubrick is explored through anecdotes about his candid, funny (and sometimes shocking) experiences with the director, enhanced with a rich variety of previously-unseen archival materials including photos, videos, letters and notebooks from Vitali's personal collection, and brought together through interviews with actors, family, and key film industry professionals who worked with both Kubrick and Vitali. Directed by Tony Zierra, this documentary offers profound insight in to the creative process behind Kubrick's timeless art, as seen through the unique perspective of perhaps his closest and most dedicated collaborator, Leon Vitali, who once described his own occupation simply as "Filmworker".

"Tony Zierra’s fond and slightly unsettling film is, among other things, a reminder of the egolessness necessary for great egos to flourish." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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"Movie love at its purest. A celebration of its anonymous inhabitants’ role in bringing our collective dreams to life." — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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"A revealing and stirring celebration of one of cinema’s unacknowledged heroes." — Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian

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