Working closely with film maestro Stanley Kubrick, who seemed to have a thing for hats, illustrator Philip Castle created the iconic posters for two of his key films, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ Here, Castle opens some old boxes filled with treasures and shares the experience. Photography and video courtesy of Steve Mepsted.

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An interview with Philip Castle by Steve Mepsted, a British Illustrator most widely recognised for his iconic creations of the posters for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange.’ Philip has also designed many other film posters including Tim Burtons, ‘Mars Attacks,‘ Jack Nicholson’s ‘Goin’ South‘ and Ken Russell’s ‘The Boyfriend,‘ and also for album covers for artists such as David Bowie, Pulp, The Rolling Stones, Metronomy and Paul McCartney’s Wings. Included in this interview are never-before-seen photographs of early development sketches, and artifacts from his film work with Kubrick and others.

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LOCKE roundup: latest promotional art + rave reviews


• Richard Roeper / Richard - One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Great script, Tom Hardy is f*!&ing brilliant in role.Full Review

• Claudia Puig / USA Today - A magnificent drama that resounds with powerful, universal themes. Full Review 

• Michael Phillips / Chicago Tribune - “Locke” is a solo act, and Tom Hardy is its superbly talented soloist. Full Review

• Mick LaSalle / San Francisco Chronicle - Cinema is not about special effects, but about human emotion and a face in close-up. For those in doubt, “Locke” is the proof. Full Review 

• David Edelstein / Vulture - Tours don’t come much more forceful. Once you’ve taken this 90-odd-minute drive with Tom Hardy, you’ll never forget his face. Full Review

• David Thomson / The New Republic - Locke is the most unexpected, brilliant, captivating movie of the year so far. Full Review 

• Kenneth Turan / Los Angeles Times - It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. Full Review 

• Manohla Dargis / New York Times - Moment by moment, with a twitch, a shudder, a look, it’s Mr. Hardy who movingly draws you in, turning a stranger’s face into a life. Full Review

• Peter Travers / Rolling Stone - Locke is a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is a blazing wonder as Locke. Full Review 

• Joe Morgenstern / Wall Street Journal - Tom Hardy, the actor who plays [Locke], is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling. Full Review 

• Dave Calhoun / Time Out - This is a masterclass in how the most local, most hemmed-in stories can reverberate with the power of big, universal themes. Full Review

• Leslie Felperin / Variety - An exceptional one-man show for Tom Hardy, this ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise. Full Review

The resoundingly positive reviews were a great relief to Knight, who acknowledged that “man sits in car for 90 minutes” isn’t necessarily a log line likely to send frenzied viewers to the cinema.

“It lived or died by the responses, really — by word of mouth,” said Knight.  (x)