Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, is in the cultural news again. Back with a new record label, and a key figure in the new Tokyo Rocks music festival, it’s his new role as film producer that has The Autojubilator most intrigued. Jon Wilks chatted with him about preparations for the release of his first movie proper, Kubricks, and the future of his film company, Escalier 39.
Last time we spoke, you were preparing to release Upside Down, the story of Creation Records. This time we’re here to chat about Kubricks. Is cinema an area that excites you?
Yeah. We are just learning as a group of people to make films together. That’s what Escalier 39 is all about.
Is Kubricks a movie for the everyman? Is it possible to sum up in a few lines?
Kubricks was shot on the summer solstice on a ley line, and it is about a director going mad trying to shoot a DIY film. Make of that what you will!
There’s an element of the esoteric to Kubricks, as I understand it, and anyone who follows your social media accounts will be aware that this seems to be a regular part of your life. Aleister Crowley crops up a lot. What’s that all about?
I love Crowley, but I also love Austin Osman Spare, Peter J Carroll and Alan Moore. But I think Kubricks is more about the idea of quantum reality, rather than magick.
How did you get involved in the project?
The director Dean Cavanagh and I met four years ago and we just clicked. We share the same interests in politics and spirituality.
You even make an appearance. Is this a cameo role, or are you a bona fide star?
I own a load of property. All I do in the film is play me, walking about my property. I don’t consider it acting. I am just being myself.
What release date are you looking at for the movie, and is it going on general release?
We are just grading it, and we don’t yet have a plan to be honest (bar finishing it). After that, if people want to show it then we will probably send Joanna [Kubricks actress Joanna Pickering] around the festivals with a DVD to explain it.
Are there any other movie projects on the cards for Escalier 39?
Yeah! I just bought a chapel in Talgarth, so we will shoot The Dogstar next in that chapel. Dean is already working on the idea and script.
Keep up with the progress of Kubricks by Dean Cavanagh and Alan McGee via the IMDB page.