Alan Conway feels that being Alan Conway renders him insignificant. He wants the world to paint him with the same brush that painted Stanley Kubrick. He seeks for the world in fact, to “colour him Kubrick.”
Based on a series of real-life events engineered by Kubrick impersonator Alan Conway in the UK between 1988-89 this Brian Cook film sees John Malkovich give an entertaining performance as the film’s slightly daring and totally pathetic lead.
Every bit as pathetic though are those so eager to have a brush with fame that they eagerly embrace Conway’s fraudulence thereby allowing him to perpetuate his facade.
From expensive London bars to an opulent hotel in one of England’s seaside resorts and through a series of exclusive clubs and chic restaurants, the viewer is dismayed at the willing gullibility of people who embrace Conway as Kubrick. (For the record, Stanley Kubrick was himself a little camera shy, making it more likely that few people would have recognised the real Stanley Kubrick at the time.)
This is not to suggest that Conway never gets caught out. He didn’t research the life of Stanley Kubrick nor his films very well and a particularly humorous scene in the film occurs when he claims to have directed Judgement at Nuremburg (thus confusing Stanley Kubrick with Stanley Kramer.)
The film has a fine supporting cast in the likes of Richard E Grant, Peter Bowles, Marisa Berenson (who worked with director Brian Cook when he was first assistant director on Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon), Robert Powell and Jim Davidson. There is also a brief cameo by famed director, Ken Russell.
Colour Me Kubrick is distributed by Hoyts.