Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes (Channel 4 True Stories)

By Jon Ronson

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes

Stanley Kubrick’s meticulous, painstaking research periods in preparation for a new film project became legendary. As the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less films were made by the director. Meanwhile, the world was waiting for a new Stanley Kubrick movie. What on earth was he doing? When Kubrick died in 1999 he left behind thousands of boxes of archive material. His estate near London was filled with boxes containing Kubrick’s carefully documented life: scripts, research, correspondence, costumes, props, models, production schedules, photography, books and film equipment.

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes


Director Jon Ronson takes us on a delightful and light-hearted stroll through Kubrick’s archive, seeking to understand the enigmatic director through the things he left behind, and by speaking to those closest to him. Ronson asks: is it possible to get to understand the man - and his extraordinary working methods - by looking through the vast number of boxes that remain after his death? With irony and at times burlesque details, this is the first documentary to open some of the boxes, starting a process of study that will keep film historians working for years.

  Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes
United Kingdom 2008, 48min. Video
English. No subtitles

Cinematography: David Barker, David Kempner, Brian O'Carroll
Sound: Matt Clark, Danny Dimitrioff, Nerys Richards
Editing: Kieran Smyth
Production: Jess Ludgrove, Jessica Ludgrove, John Sergeant for World of Wonder
Distribution: Channel 4

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary film maker. His books, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats were international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare At Goats is currently being filmed starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey. He has written the popular Human Zoo and Out of the Ordinary columns for The Guardian, presents BBC Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On.... and has made several TV series for Channel Four.