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The Sound of Stanley Kubrick

Join the museum for an evening of talks, music and activities celebrating music in Stanley Kubrick’s films.

What to expect

Stanley Kubrick's experimental and powerful use of music distinguished his films.

His respect and fascination for sound and the musical score resulted in the creation of some of the most unforgettable scenes in cinema history.

To coincide with the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the museum is hosting an evening of activities celebrating the music in Kubrick’s films and exploring his enduring influence on musicians today.

Talk: Sound of Stanley Kubrick
Bakala Auditorium
Please note that the talk is now fully booked, however visitors can view the performance in the atrium from 19.45.

British composer Jocelyn Pook and English electronic musician, record label owner and curator, James Lavelle discuss the role of at music featured in the films of Stanley Kubrick with BFI’s Head of Programming Stuart Brown.

Free Performance: Jocelyn Pook Ensemble

The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble’s wide-ranging repertoire features music from her album Untold Things, as well as selections from some of her film and television scores, including work from Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 psychological drama Eyes Wide Shut. Notoriously difficult to classify, these works contain a fusion of times and cultures – mixing strings and vocals from a classical tradition with medieval instruments, talking drums and found sounds (Yemenite chants, birdsong, children’s playground chatter). Jocelyn brings together singers from different backgrounds – mixing foreign languages with invented words as well as voices running backwards – to create an eclectic soundscape.

Part of "Kubrick Now": A programme of events at the Design Museum and BFI Southbank

Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1973-1975; GB/United States).

2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965–68; GB/United States).

Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States).

The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1978-1980; GB/United States). The daughters of former caretaker Grady (Lisa and Louise Burns). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Booking information

Please note that the talk is now fully booked, however visitors can view the free performance in the atrium from 19.45.

Become a Member to get access to priority booking on talks, courses and workshops like this.

Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £5


Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown is Head of Programme & Acquisitions at the BFI. He has overseen several successful cross-platform projects including Shakespeare on Film, Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke, and the Complete Martin Scorsese Retrospective, Ingmar Bergman: a Definitive Film Season and has recently curated the BFI’s Kubrick retrospective.

Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook is one of the UK’s most versatile composers, writing for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. Her numerous awards and nominations include a BAFTA, Golden Globe, Olivier and two British Composer Awards. She wrote the film score to Eyes Wide Shut, which won her a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination. She has worked with some of the world’s leading directors, musicians, artists and arts institutions.

James Lavelle

James Lavelle is founder of Mo' Wax Records and UNKLE. He has created a host of critically acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With... most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House. In 2014 curated the Meltdown Festival at the Southbank. In 2018, he completed music for Trust - Danny Boyle's TV series for FX.

Related exhibition

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

Friday Lates

Join a sketching workshop in partnership with MOO, or enjoy the Design Museum's exhibitions and gift shops for a little longer.

Background image | A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States).