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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 20, 2020, 12:08:22 AM »
As you know I am a long time fan of your Alien Blood, and the Ken Russell influence is clear.  I saw it on TCM, and have the DVD which includes an insightful commentary.

I just watched Virus, some good hypnotic imagery.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on May 18, 2020, 06:25:53 PM »
I have a series of short music themed videos, made in the Ken Russell spirit. Of course, I still miss Ken terribly. There are more added in the Blog section. The most recent on the home page is "Virus".
Hope this finds you all safe and I send my love and best tou you and yours. The site also acts as a legacy of my film work starting with "Alien", and my photography. Jon Sorensen, May 2020.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Memories of video stores
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 13, 2020, 08:12:14 PM »
An interesting article reflecting on quirky video stores.  It is by Ben Sachs in The Chicago Reader, 12 Mat 2020 ( ).

"I discovered the store by accident... and after that, I began stopping in about once a week. I couldn't resist the lure of movies that, until then, I'd only dreamed of watching: video works by Jean-Luc Godard never released on Region 1 DVD, features by lesser-known directors of the Japanese New Wave, hard-to-find cult classics like Stephanie Rothman's The Velvet Vampire (1971) and John Byrum's Inserts (1975), and experimental films by the likes of Andy Warhol, Pat O'Neill, and Rob Tregenza. And then there were all the movies I hadn't even heard of; I wanted to spend hours in the store just browsing the collection."

The writer and the store owner "found we had similar tastes. Neither of us gravitated towards mainstream cinema, though we both liked lowbrow as well as highbrow films, and we were especially drawn to movies that fused the two. [the owner] also liked figures like Ken Russell, Brian De Palma, and Andrzej ?u?awski, directors who obliterated distinctions between respectful and disrespectful art."

My own memories are of a similar video store in Rotterdam.  Part of the shop was porn, but the interesting part was full of non mainstream films, Jean Luc Goddard and Truffaut, horror classics like George Romero's Martin.  And it was there I found Ken's Whore.  I had gone away from Ken's films for some reason (probably Lisztomania and Altered States which are not my favourites) but Whore brought me back to Ken's films.

Sadly the shop lasted a year or so and disappeared.

Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 10, 2020, 02:19:49 PM »
As the National Deaf Awareness Week comes to an end, Deafinitely Theatre is putting their production of 4.48 Psychosis online for a month.  To watch you sign up for their newsletter, and you will be sent a link.

The production combines combines British Sign Language, visual storytelling and the spoken word.  I saw the production in London and I highly recommend it.

The theatre website is here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Netflix Stranger Things
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 03, 2020, 07:39:58 PM »
According to Megan Summers in Screen Rant 2 mAY 2020 ( ) The Netflix series Stranger Things is influenced by Ken's Altered States, along with some other films. I haven't seen Stranger Things but I will try and catch it- it seems to be 26 episodes so far.  Filming has stopped for now because of Corona measures.

Other iconic films seen as influences are Under the Skin, Akira, Carrie, Nightmare on Elm Street, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Let The Right One In, Beyond the Black Rainbow (I don't know this one), Day of the Dead and Jaws.
Sarah Kane discussion / After In Yer Face Theatre
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 30, 2020, 07:52:22 PM »
A new (but expensive) book After In-Yer-Face Theatre: Remnants of a Theatrical Revolution edited by William C. Boyles.

"This book revisits In-Yer-Face theatre, an explosive, energetic theatrical movement from the 1990s that introduced the world to playwrights Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh, Mark Ravenhill, Jez Butterworth, and many others. Split into three sections the book re-examines the era, considers the movement’s  influence on international theatre, and considers its lasting effects on contemporary British theatre.

The first section offers new readings on works from that time period (Antony Neilson and Mark Ravenhill) as well as challenges myths created by the Royal Court Theatre about the its involvement with In-Yer-Face theatre.

The second section discusses the influence of In-Yer-Face on Portuguese, Russian and Australian theater, while the final section discusses the legacy of In-Yer-Face writers as well as their influences on more recent playwrights, including chapters on Philip Ridley, Sarah Kane, Joe Penhall, Martin Crimp, Dennis Kelly, and Verbatim Drama."

It costs £79.99 hardback, and slightly cheaper as an e-book.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Devils podcast
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 30, 2020, 02:07:46 PM »
A podcast about The Devils, more soon.
Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff performing a new poem
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 20, 2020, 09:58:28 PM »
You can watch Steven perform a reading of a new poem here
A good tip. I have previously seen a number of his films and they are really good, and perfect for lockdown.
« Last post by John Eaton on April 20, 2020, 09:14:46 PM »
As a lockdown watch its worth checking the short travel and poem photo films of Scott Antony. Lead actor of the Savage Messiah. Over the last twenty years of visiting various countries of the world Scott has created a collection of travel shorts of most though not all of the countries visited covering their arts, cultures and in the moment spontaneous captures.
His most recent visit travels  through India's Rajasthan the countries largest state in a 2,500 km journey featured in two half hour shorts.
Others such as his trio of Shorts highlighting Spanish cultural heritage have a poetry of images set to traditional music. While his ' Winter Passing ' illustrates the changing season in Britains Cotswolds from the onset of winter through to spring with an end narrative by Scott Antony.
Scotts narration based poem and prose shorts give an added resonance to his shorts. The poem films Aldestop, Kelmscott,  and That time of year illustrate Scotts tonality and quality of descriptive voice.  Kelmscott is a guided tour of artisan William Morris's Manor home using his own prose narrated again by Scott Antony.
All the above films are  especially recommended given a positive reception by the Portobello, Gloucester , Stroud and other film festivals for his past screenings.
Scotts photo shorts can be seen on
His Facebook page complements the vimeo page.


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