You probably don’t know the name Leon Vitali, but the upcoming documentary “Filmworker” hopes to change that forever. Vitali is a British actor who was handpicked by Stanley Kubrick to play the role of Lord Bullingdon in “Barry Lyndon.” Tony Zierra’s new documentary tells Vitali’s story as he goes from Kubrick’s actor to Kubrick’s right-hand man.
Following his work on “Lyndon,” Vitali devoted the rest of his life to working for Kubrick behind the scenes. Roles Vitali assumed under Kubrick’s guidance included casting director, acting coach, location scouter, sound engineer, color corrector, A.D., promoter, and later restorer of Kubrick’s films.
“Filmworker” looks like a priceless look inside Kubrick’s directorial career from the man who experienced it first hand. The movie premiered at Cannes last year and played the New York Film Festival. The film is Zierra’s latest documentary following “Carving Out Our Name” and “My Big Break.”
Kino Lorber will release “Filmworker” in select theaters May 11. Watch the first trailer below.