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Steven Berkoff discussion / Re: Steven Berkoff as Polonius in Hamlet
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 26, 2024, 07:02:16 PM »
The film is in cinemas in the UK from 27 February 2024.  There is also a filmed Q&A with Ian McKellen and Director Sean Mathias.

"A tale of revenge that has stood the test of time, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is reimagined for the modern day as a gripping psychological thriller! Transcending the confines of the stage in a uniquely modern take, the film utilises nearly every room of the Theatre Royal Windsor to transform it into the immortal Elsinore Castle, from basement dungeon to roof-top battlement.

Ian McKellen - reprising his lead role as Hamlet, a man who descends into madness as he seeks vengeance against his uncle for the apparent murder of his father - leads a stellar cast with stage and screen legend, Steven Berkoff, and stars of the critically acclaimed, recent stage cast of ‘Hamlet’: Frances Barber (King Lear, Chekhov’s The Seagull), Jonathan Hyde (King Lear, Titanic, Crimson Peak), Jenny Seagrove and BAFTA-winner Francesca Annis, bringing their iconic roles to life in this compelling new film adaptation".
Steven Berkoff discussion / The Trial in Gibraltar
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 26, 2024, 06:53:14 PM »
Gibraltar College BTEC Acting presents The Trial (An Extract) on 15 March 2024. It is part of the 67th Gibraltar International Drama Festival 2024.

For the festival website click here

For more on The Trial click here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Whore in New York
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 26, 2024, 06:16:40 PM »
The IFC Centre in New York are showing Whore from 19- 27 Jan 2024

"This searing melodrama investigates the life of a prostitute in a pseudo-documentary style. The life of a hooker isn’t easy…".

It is on at the IFC Centre, for the website click here

For more on Whore click here

Sarah Kane discussion / Cleansed in USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 15, 2024, 01:38:04 PM »
Sarah Kane's Cleansed is performed in Connecticut from 15 Jan- 26 Jan 2024 at the David Geffen School of Drama, Yale, Connecticut, USA.

There is an all Black cast (with special permission from Simon Kane).

For more details click the Yale website here

For more on Cleansed click here
For a detailed analysis click here

Thanks to Garrett for the information..
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Georgina Hale passes away
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 10, 2024, 06:28:57 PM »
Sadly Georgina Hale has passed away.  For me her most memorable performance were in Maher (wife Alma Mahler) and The Devils (Philippe).  More soon.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on January 03, 2024, 11:16:00 PM »
There is now a link here for anyone interested to download a file I have done of Ken's wonderful Lake Poet films, "Clouds Of Glory". My pleasure. Both 50 minute films, "William and Dorothy" and "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" are on here. Enjoy.

The link is here:

That covers it. Have a great year, guys.

Jon Sorensen
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Gothic in Christchurch, UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 02, 2024, 06:44:47 PM »
Dirt In The Gate Movies present Gothic in the Regent in Christchurch, UK. It is on 20 Jan 2024.

For details click on the Regent website here

For more on Gothic click here

"The Plague of the Working-Class: An Analytical Study in Steven Berkoff’s Greek" by Ahmed Rasheed Ibrahim and Nahidh Falih Sulaiman.

The study is described as focussing on "analyzing the play Greek (1980)... from a Marxist point of view. Berkoff himself was a Marxist during the period in which he wrote Greek, so Marxist themes are prevalent in his plays... The study concentrates on analyzing the Marxist identity of the characters of the play, and how it relates to their daily lives."

The study is in Arabic. Details are here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Music Lovers changing attitudes
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 24, 2023, 06:30:55 PM »
Nice to see some reviewers writing honestly rather than the usual cliches.  In a review of Kirill Serebrennikov's film Tchaikovsky's Wife the review lists other films on Tchaikovsky.

"Those seeking a relatively conventional telling of the story can always seek out Ken Russell’s florid 1970 offering The Music Lovers, where Glenda Jackson’s full-on performance as the ill-fated spouse outshines Richard Chamberlain's creditable turn as Tchaikovsky."

A nice contrast with the usual reviews "so filled with wretched excesses that one hardly knows where to begin" and "bearing a vague resemblance to, Tchaikovsky, his life and times".

The review of Tchaikovsky's Wife is by Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 23 Dec 2023.  For the full review click here

For Ken's The Music Lovers click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on December 19, 2023, 07:51:52 PM »
Yep, just to reassure you, Iain, it was me who posted the rattle below. Me and the internet. I think I accessed your site pressing the wrong buttons. Pretty par for the course. So, no, it's not Donald Trump under a pseudonym. Take care, guys.
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