The daughter of Stanley Kubrick, Vivian Kubrick, has spoken out to de-bunk the popular rumour that her father conspired with the US government to direct fake footage of the 1969 moon landing. After being hit with the suggestion for so many years, she's finally unveiled an open letter to settle her feelings on the matter once and for all. 

Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'Stanley Kubrick is best known for directing 'The Shining'

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory and the one where 'The Shining' director Stanley Kubrick directs some footage of the first moon mission after being employed by the governement has been a well-known theory for decades. However, someone who doesn't love it so much is his 55-year-old daughter Vivian Kubrick who branded the whole thing 'a grotesque lie' and claimed her father would have seen it as 'a terrible betrayal'.

'Don't you think he'd be the very last person EVER to assist the US Government in such a terrible betrayal of its people?!?' She wrote in an open letter entitled 'Re: Faked Moon Landings', where she pointed out the controversial nature of his movies as being 'his unimpeachable defence'. 'How can anyone believe that one of the greatest defenders of mankind would commit such an act of betrayal?'

'I lived and worked with him, so forgive my harshness when I state categorically: the so called 'truth' these malicious cranks persist in forwarding - that my father conspired with the US Government to 'fake the moon landings' - is manifestly A GROTESQUE LIE', she continued, and posted the whole note on Twitter with the caption 'Many people have asked me about this. And this feels like the right time to respond ...'

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For those who didn't know, legend has it that Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo 11 footage with the US government and even hid clues about his involvement in 'The Shining'. Much of this theory was explored in the documentary 'Room 237', though the filmmaker has never had a chance to defend himself against the claims as he died in 1999, before it became such a well-known tale.