I talk here with Philip Castle, a British illustrator, most widely known for his iconic creations of the posters for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’ but also Ken Russell’s ‘The Boyfriend”, Tim Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks’ and Jack Nicholson’s “Goin’ South”. He has also created artwork for album covers such as David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’, Pulp’s ‘His ‘N’ Hers’, Metronomy’s ‘Night’s Out’, the ‘Rolling Stones’ ‘Its only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) and Paul McCartney’s ‘Wings’ tour, amongst countless advertising campaigns and illustrations.
I visit Philip at his home during the week in which he celebrates the birth of his Grand daughter. Philip is a man who possesses a generous spirit. He was accommodating to my needs and allowed me to take photographs of some of the material he brought out of storage to show me; none of this was expected by me and I am most grateful to him for this access. As we chatted he delved back into his memory of work completed over four decades and came up with some surprising and interesting information. I have compiled four Photofilms of the interview and these can be seen below: