If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed
Few directors produced as an amazing and diverse a body of work as Stanley Kubrick. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, Kubrick directed everything from sand and sandals Roman epic Spartacus, cult classic A Clockwork Orange, twisty crime drama The Killing, awe-inspiring if baffling space epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (which won an Oscar for best visual effects), legendary horror The Shining and erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut.
Despite rumours, Stanley Kubrick was never really a recluse, although he was famously afraid of flying. After moving to England in the 1960s, the American-born director refused to set foot on a plane, either travelling by boat, or, better still, using British locations for his films.
Among them Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket was shot in locations including the Norfolk Broads, an East London gas works and a former Army base.
The director was a perfectionist and could be a difficult exacting man, often driving his actors to distraction by making them perform the same take over and again. But he undeniably got results.
His films are amongst the most memorable movies ever committed to celluloid.