In case you werent aware, Stanley Kubrick had many preoccupations. One was nuclear warevidenced by Dr. Strangelove (1964) and the fact that he left America, never to return, after completing Spartacus (1960). He spent the rest of his days in seclusion in Hertfordshire, with friends bringing him tapes of the Superbowl and Seinfeld to remind him of home. But The Shining? Yes indeedthe Overlook Hotel was an Elstree-constructed pinnacle (save for brief, second-unit establishing shots of the Algonquin Hotel, Colorado). But then Kubrick topped that by going outdoors. In Full Metal Jacket (1987) Kubrick got production designer Anton Furst to turn various depressing areas of the Home Counties (Beckton Gasworks, the Isle of Dogs, and Dorset) into Vietnam. Giveaway British Character Actor: Philip Stone (Grady)once The Avengers first adversary back in 1961whose clipped elocution and dome-like head made him an eminently insane hotel caretaker. And in Full Metal Jacket, Bruce Boa (formerly Fawlty Towers obnoxious American guest) appears as Poge Colonel.
Hamish Crawford writes fiction more easily than fact. His first volume of short fiction, “A Madhouse, Only With More Elegant Jackets”, was published in 2011 from First Edition Publishing. He has an English degree from the University of Calgary and a Screenwriting M.A. from the University of Westminster, which leaves little space on the wall for his several PhD. rejection letters. His stories and articles have appeared in such publications as NoD and the Cult Britannia website (www.cultbritannia.co.uk). In September he will be speaking at a Doctor Who 50th anniversary conference in Hertfordsire. The owner of far more hats than heads, Hamish currently lives in Canada, and is disappointed that the preceding biography contains so few factual errors.
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