FEW people knew the influential director Stanley Kubrick more than his personal assistant, Anthony Frewin.
In a relationship lasting over thirty years, Frewin understood the inner workings of a director who aimed for technical perfection in every film production he was involved in.
Speaking at Huddersfield University, Frewin told how as a teenager he met Kubrick at MGM Studios in 1965: "He had just completed production of Dr. Strangelove. I was 17 years old, and started at seven in the morning the following day".
Kubrick was renowned for his tough scheduling, and meticulous planning of his productions. Frewin soon found working for Kubrick was a full-time commitment.
He added:"Working with Stanley was a twenty- four hour commitment, Stanley was always first one in last one out everyday".
Frewin began working for Kubrick during pre-production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. The film took four years to produce from 1965 to its release in 1969.
"I never felt as though I could be doing what he was doing", Frewin said, "and neither did any of the crew on the set of 2001, he was a special talent".
At the time of it’s release 2001 was generally panned by the media for its abstract style, and a near total lack of dialogue.
Years later the film is considered to be a fundamental edition to the science fiction genre, something unsurpassed in its classical grandeur, elegance and timeless exploration of space .
Stanley Kubrick’s whole spectrum of film encompassed several genres, from the sublime tracking shots in the anti-World War One epic Paths Of Glory, to the chilling adaptation of the Stephen King book The Shining.
There is something to cater for everyone’s taste, Frewin explains that: "Stanley never stuck to a genre, he always looked to find interesting stories for films, did the story attract him? Take Stephen King's The Shining, he read the book and tried to excavate a good story for a film from it".
Kubrick died in 1999, after the final editing for his film Eyes Wide Shut, but there were plenty of other projects he did not get the chance to complete. Napoleon was perhaps the biggest film Kubrick never got the chance to produce and the science fiction film Artificial Intelligence, later directed by Stephen Spielberg was something Kubrick was interested in making.
Frewin said: "Had Stanley directed A.I. it would have been much more of a Blade Runner-type film, much less of a Hollywood blockbuster that Spielberg created".