Friday 22 September 2017

Shared toilet scuppered Kubrick nuclear war plan

Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick

Jonathan Pearlman

Stanley Kubrick was so terrified about the threat of nuclear war in the Sixties that he planned to move with his family to Australia, including setting up bank accounts, booking tickets and considering film projects, according to a researcher.

The famously reclusive director, whose films included '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'A Clockwork Orange', apparently abandoned the plan when he discovered he would have to share a lavatory on the sea voyage.

The plan emerged in documents uncovered by Mick Broderick, of Murdoch University, Perth, who has written a book about 'Dr Strangelove', Kubrick's bleak Cold War satire in which a crazed US general orders a nuclear strike on Soviet Russia.

Prof Broderick said Kubrick sought a move to Perth, Western Australia, as he believed it was unlikely to be attacked by Moscow or affected by fallout.

According to Prof Broderick, the director appears to have hatched his plan while assessing the threat of a nuclear holocaust for 'Dr Strangelove', which was released in 1964.

Kubrick even booked his passage to Australia in 1962 and transferred funds into Australian accounts.

"Famous for not flying, Stanley had bought tickets for an ocean liner," Prof Broderick said. "But when he found out he would have to share a bathroom, the trip was off. The idea of spending months at sea sharing toilet space with complete strangers was intolerable."

Irish Independent

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