Simon Birch’s recreation of the hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Friday, 24 March, 2017

2001: A Space Odyssey hotel suite recreation, by Simon Birch

The hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey, were astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea), ended up after his epic journey through the star gate, has been recreated in intricate detail by Simon Birch, a Hong Kong based British artist, at the 14th Factory, in Los Angeles, an arts project he opened earlier this month.

In something of an intriguing coincidence, Birch collaborated on the project with Paul Kember, and architect, whose uncle, and great uncle, had worked with Stanley Kubrick, on designing the very same hotel room, for the film.

If there’s such a thing as a bucket-list for fan of “2001”, then seeing this, is now on that list.

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Keir Dullea’s Ask Me Anything about “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

About eight years ago in Sydney I heard Keir Dullea, who portrayed astronaut Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, speak along with co-star Gary Lockwood, at a special screening event of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi film.

It was abundantly clear that both were proud of their involvement, but none more so than Dullea. If you’re yet to hear him discuss his part in the production of “2001”, this is something that will become apparent while reading through a recent AMA session Dullea did at Reddit:

I think my favorite scene was where I’m dismantling HAL’s brain. It reminded me a bit of a famous movie and also play called Of Mice and Men when Lenny is speaking with George regarding their plans to start a farm. This is a scene that comes at the end of the film after Lenny has inadvertently caused the death of a young woman. Now there’s a posse that is looking for him intending possibly to string him up. This discussion of their plans to start a farm has been heard throughout the film, and so with some love and compassion, with a hidden pistol behind his back George reviews their plans with Lenny and half-way through their discussion he shoots him behind his back to avoid him being killed by a posse of men. In some way, emotionally, that scene from Of Mice and Men affected the way I played the scene with HAL.

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“HENRi” a sequel, in another universe, to “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Friday, 8 March, 2013

HENRi is a short sci-fi film about a derelict spacecraft drifting through space that is controlled by a human brain, named, you guessed it, Henri. Yearning to be able to moved independently though, Henri builds a mechanical body from parts lying around the ship.

Henri is voiced by Keir Dullea, who portrayed astronaut David Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, if you ask me, gives the brain a sound not dissimilar to that of “2001” super-computer HAL.

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Imagine if HAL had been voiced by Michael Caine in 2001

Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Keir Dullea, who played astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, relates a couple of behind the scenes anecdotes from the making of the film, in a recently recorded video interview.

One of these, the story about Derek Cracknell, 2001’s first assistant director, came up when Dullea and Gary Lockwood (who played Frank Poole) spoke in Sydney in 2006, at a special screening of the film, at the Orpheum cinema, in Cremorne.

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Sunday, 1 October, 2006

2001 special event ticket

Anyone who has sat through even one screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey could be forgiven for thinking the two lead actors, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, who play astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, wouldn’t exactly be the life of any party they went along to.

After all nary a snigger, let alone the merest of smiles, was ever forthcoming during their ill-fated voyage to Jupiter. Aside from the… BBC 12 interview that is, but such theatrics are referred to as spin in today’s post-2001 world.

However were you to meet the two actors in person you’d almost be forgiven for thinking they were part of Comedy Inc. A latter day version of Laurel and Hardy, God help us, piloting the space shuttle.

“It’s full of Aussies,” quipped Lockwood, to much amusement, as the actors walked on to the stage at the Orpheum theatre, in Cremorne, Sydney.

The actors spoke at a special “2001” event last Wednesday evening, which also included a screening of the 70mm version of the movie. “A very good print, actually,” Dullea told us.

And he was right, not only was it visually stunning (as always), but the soundtrack really hit us in the face also. Never before has the Moon monolith’s electronic scream seemed so shrill, high pitched, and l-o-n-g.

The two actors were interviewed by Australian film critic David Stratton, and for the most part spoke candidly about almost, well everything. The conversation was laced with antidotes about working with director Stanley Kubrick, and the movie itself.

There were plenty of asides including discussion on the “science of acting”, with Lockwood insisting improvisation is not an acting method per se, plus stories of his meetings with Orson Wells, John Lennon, and Neil Armstrong, over the years.

There was little doubt that their participation in the movie has indeed been the highlight of both their acting careers. How could taking part in one of the greatest movies of all time not be though?

Greatest movie of all time? Lockwood related the story of an occasion when someone approached him and mentioned that “2001” was ranked the 34th “greatest” movie ever.

“Oh yeah?” Lockwood had retorted, “well name the 33 movies that come before “2001” then!”

Yes, good point. Star Wars?

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