London due a Stanley Kubrick summer with a Barry Lyndon re-release and a new exhibition at Somerset House

Fans of director Stanley Kubrick (and that should be all of you) are in for a treat it seems this summer in London, with a series of Kubrickian events in the works. The BFI announced today that the legendary director's tenth feature film, the Oscar® and BAFTA-winning historical drama Barry Lyndon, will be back on big screens again this summer. It will be released by the BFI in cinemas across the UK from 29 July 2016.

In this adaption of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel about the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer, Ryan O’Neal stars as Redmond Barry (later Barry Lyndon) and Marisa Berenson is Lady Lyndon. Among the great supporting cast are Patrick McGee, Hardy Krüger, Diana Koerner, Leon Vitali, Steven Berkoff, Murray Melvin and Leonard Rossiter.

The film is rightly acclaimed today for its stunning visuals. Kubrick went to incredible lengths in his research of the period in order to re-create it accurately. Inspired by painters such as Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth, the film has a beautiful, painterly look, enhanced by filming in natural or historically accurate light sources. Some scenes were lit only by candlelight, captured by the super-fast lenses of Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Alcott.

The re-release of Barry Lyndon also coincides with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick in partnership with Canon, an original exhibition at Somerset House, London, running from 30 June – 29 August. A host of contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians will showcase works inspired by Stanley Kubrick, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and DJ James Lavelle. Details and tickets can be found here.

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