Cannes diary: Stanley Kubrick, Penelope Cruz and Julien Temple

// 17th of May, 2011


Cannes film festival news in brief

to the work of the director Stanley Kubrick to England, where he lived, will be launched in Cannes next week. Kubrick's controversial cult film A Clockwork Orange is to celebrate its 40th birthday at the festival with a screening this week and an appearance from its star, Malcolm McDowell. Kubrick's close friend and assistant for three decades, Anthony Frewin, is to use the occasion to join forces with Roger Morris, the head of Elstree Studios, to call for the popular international exhibition, originally set up in Frankfurt, Germany, to visit Britain. "I think it's time London housed this major exhibition," said Frewin. "Stanley lived in England, near Elstree Studios, for 40 years and brought thousands of dollars into the country and helped launch many careers. It's high time he got the recognition there that he deserves."

During the making of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, Penélope Cruz and director Rob Marshall were faced with a conundrum: how can an actor shoot a film while she is pregnant but her character is not? The answer, on this occasion, presented itself in the form of Monica Cruz, the star's youngest sister. "We needed a different profile and she was very helpful to the film. We hired Penélope for her physicality, though, as well as everything else she has, so we reorganised shooting so that we could do most of the action scenes early on," Marshall said yesterday before the premiere of the fourth film in the Pirates series, On Stranger Tides.

The British film-maker Julien Temple is to chronicle the London music scene in a new documentary deal announced by Ealing Metro in Cannes this weekend. The work, which will be accompanied by films on Rio and the Mexican city of Tijuana, is to be called This is London and has been commissioned by BBC Arts to mark the London Olympics. It will be produced by Temple with Rosa Bosch, who produced Buena Vista Social Club. "The chance to make a film about the London I knew and the new city that has taken its place is an exciting prospect," said Temple. He said he was also looking forward to the Rio project, having wanted to make a film about the city and its music since visiting it with the Sex Pistols in the late 1970s.