Kubrick planned to es­cape to Aus­tralia

Weekend Herald - - WORLD -

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.

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

Kubrick booked his pas­sage to Aus­tralia in 1962 and trans­ferred funds from his Bri­tish bank into Aus­tralian ac­counts. “Fa­mous for not fly­ing, Stan­ley had bought tick­ets for the ocean liner,” Brod­er­ick said. “But when he found out he would have to share a bath­room, the trip was off.”

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