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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Glenda Jackson
« Last post by Iain Fisher on August 02, 2020, 10:38:21 PM »
An interview with Glenda, good insights though mainly about her theatre work,VQKC,3D2SAK,3WGJR,1
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Glenda Jackson
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 31, 2020, 08:36:40 PM »
Glenda has just won a British BAFTA award (the British Oscars) for best actress.  This goes alongside her two Oscars (one for Ken's Women in Love), a Tony Award and another BAFTA (from 1972).

Because of Corona all the nominees had to record an acceptance speech in advance, before knowing whether they had won.  Glenda is such a good actress her recorded speech made it sound like she had just heard she had won and was surprised.
Steven Berkoff discussion / Updates to Just for the Record
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 29, 2020, 02:03:22 PM »
The entry for the film Just for the Record has been updated, here
Beckett, Bond, Pinter discussion / Pinter workshop
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 20, 2020, 05:14:57 PM »
White Bear hosts a workshop; 'Adventures in Pinterland' all about working with Pinter and his body of work.

The workshop is run by Harry Burton, who directed a film for Channel 4 called 'Working with Pinter' and also directed The Dumb Waiter on the West End, starring Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs.

It takes place on 29 Jul 2020.  White Bear Productions say "If you are interested, please contact us at and let us know your name and a couple of lines about why this workshop would be useful to you at this time.
The workshop will be Pay What You Can."

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Billion Dollar Brain
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 19, 2020, 05:00:06 PM »
Sony Classic Movies are showing Billion Dollar Brain at various dates and times
Kulturekast presents podcasts about films, not very profound, but always nice to hear film talk.

Three of Ken's films Lisztomania, Whore and The Lair of the White Worm, The Devils (an interesting and quirky selection).  Most are over an hour each.

Other films include Spielberg's early failure 1941, some Kubrick- The Killing, Eyes Wide Shut, Barry Lyndon, various Stephen King and Star Wars films, some horror.

Click here
then chose Apple Podcasts.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: "Pop Goes the Easel"
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 15, 2020, 04:00:40 PM »
London's New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s by Lisa Tickner just arrived.

414 large pages, heavily illustrated, this is a comprehensive book on 60s art. The first chapter (35 pages) cover Ken's Pop Goes the Easel others cover sculpture, the art school revolution and photography making use of Antonio's film Blow Up.

I have skimmed the book (in the hour after it arrived!).

The introduction is thoughtful, and also brings in Ken's London Moods, with a good 1966 photo of Ken.  It quotes photographer Lord Snowdon on the film "really marvellous and tremendously exciting".

On Pop Goes the Easel it mentions Ken approached Hockney to appear as one of the artists in the film, but Hockney refused "Hockney did not see himself as part of a group or having a significant connection to Pop".

The book quotes Michael Brooke comparing Ken's "elaborate, rapidly-cut rhythmic kaleidoscope of images" to Jean-Luc Goddard "though Russell had arguably gone further by 1962".

In the later section on Blow-Up by Antonioni there is a quote by Melvyn Bragg "There is no doubt that Antonioni lifted his famous 'blow-up' sequence from the central section of Ken's film [Watch the Birdie]".

This is all from a quick skim of the book!
Steven Berkoff discussion / The Secret Love Life of Ophelia online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 13, 2020, 07:15:47 PM »
Greenwich Theatre in London are staging a revival of Berkoff's The Secret Love Life of Ophelia.  Helen Mirren will play Gertrude and the roles of Hamlet and Ophelia, told in letters to each other, will be performed by 39 actors each reading a letter, giving each actor the chance to play Hamlet or Ophelia.

I saw the original production (in a theatre) and it is highly recommended.

It is on 31 Jul- 14 Aug 2020 online.  More details are here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Kemps All True
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 13, 2020, 01:18:06 AM »
The BBC have a spoof documentary about Spandau Ballet members Gary and Martin Kemp called The Kemps All True.  It features the two Kemp brothers making fun of themselves, and their fictional childhood included appearing in a Children's Film Foundation film Hide and Seek.  This is a children's film but when the director withdrew Ken Russell was brought in, making it the only children's film with an x-certificate and the best selling children's film.

Quite a good film, especially with the Kemps driving it.  Directed by Rhys Thomas.

You can see the film here
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