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Joanna Lumley takes lead role in Stanley Kubrick exhibition film

Published 06/07/2016

Joanna Lumley has taken the lead role in the film
Joanna Lumley has taken the lead role in the film

Actress Joanna Lumley has taken the lead in a new film that will be the centrepiece of an upcoming exhibition celebrating director Stanley Kubrick.

The 70-year-old Absolutely Fabulous star is joined by Game Of Thrones' actor Aidan Gillen in art installation The Corridor, which weaves together four simultaneous narratives in a "disorientating, hypnotic tale of control, violence and a doomed cycle of power".

Made with the blessing of Kubrick's estate, The Corridor is the music video for song Lonely Souls, a track from UNKLE's 1998 Psyence Fiction album, which Kubrick had agreed to direct a video for but died before he could do so.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toby Dye, it will play at Somerset House's Daydreaming With ... Stanley Kubrick exhibit this summer, which features art, music and installations inspired by the director of The Shining and A Clockwork Orange.

Donning a Rococo-style outfit for the film, Lumley said: "Kubrick's influence over generations of filmmakers is immense - that he still exerts such inspirational force is testament to an incomparable body of work.

"The Corridor project bravely tries to build on Kubrick's innovations ... It was a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to one of the greatest visionaries in film."

Gillen added: "The film gave us the chance to immerse ourselves in Kubrick's style and unpick the lore and legend that surrounds his filmmaking.

"The idea was to channel the atmosphere of his work in an effective way and viewers of The Corridor can decide whether we were successful."

UNKLE founder and DJ James Lavelle, who curated the exhibition , said the film was "an ode to Stanley".

"Whether we would have convinced him to do the film for Lonely Souls I'll never know, but I hope he would have enjoyed our efforts," he added.

:: Daydreaming With ... Stanley Kubrick runs at Somerset House in London from July 6 to August 24.

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