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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / David Collins dies
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 14, 2020, 07:46:51 PM »
David Collins who memorably played Percy Grainger in Ken's Song of Summer and Hugo Wolf in Mahler has passed away.

Collins also appeared with Robert Powell from Mahler in his The Thirty Nine Steps (not the Hitchcock version).  Other work includes 52 episodes in the lead role in the Japanese series Monkey
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Lockdown watch
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 12, 2020, 12:37:15 AM »
Matthew Holness in The Guardian (8 Apr 2020) continues a series on what to watch if you are in lockdown.

A strange article which mentions the Japanese Gozilla films, The Andromeda Strain and Chuck Norris fims.  But is concludes with:

"Music emerges as the true solace of lockdown, courtesy of Ken Russell’s 1960s documentaries on Elgar, Debussy and Delius for the BBC’s Monitor and Omnibus series. These wonderful and stylistically innovative films lead me inevitably to the veritable haven of their subject, which succeeds more than any other art form, I discover, in settling the anxious mind."
The article is here:
Athol Fugard discussion / Master Harold online from the Fugard Theatre
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 07, 2020, 07:25:56 PM »
For 14 days you can watch a free screening of Master Harold... and the Boys from the Fugard Theatre.

The link is here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Derek Jarman's cottage
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 01, 2020, 12:32:35 AM »
A ÂŁ3.5m crowdfunding campaign, with contributors including David Hockney, has helped preserve Derek Jarman's cottage. The campaign was started by actress Tilda Swinton.

"The campaign’s success means the Art Fund can purchase the cottage, conserve and maintain it, and fund a permanent public programme that will include residencies for artists, academics, writers, filmmakers and gardeners. There will also be small “by appointment” tours for members of the public."

Jarman’s archive from the cottage – notebooks, sketchbooks, letters, drawings and photographs – will be looked after by Tate Britain.

Details are by Mark Brown in The Guardian 31 Mar 2020

General discussion / site problems
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 05, 2020, 08:33:57 PM »
There were problems with logging in as users, and also messages.  I have reverted to an older version (Jan 2020) which has solved it, though some later messages may be lost.

Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff's Women
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 24, 2020, 10:18:47 PM »
Linda Marlowe performs her one-woman show Berkoff's Women, based on Steven's writings.  It is on 25 Feb 2020 in Collyer Hall Theatre, London.
Details are here

The production is highly recommended.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: barmpot critics
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 16, 2020, 10:14:43 PM »
Some more from Martin Carr.  He reviews the Final Cut version of Apocalypse Now.

It is clear he hasn't actually seen the Final Cut version "Final Cut apparently gives us Coppola’s definitive version... and...promises to be his legacy".  And anyone who has seen the previous final version, Redux, knows Coppola shouldn't tamper with a classic film.  Carr also mentions Eleanor Coppola's documentary on making of the film, and calls it fabled- it is hardly fabled as I have a copy, and it is available on Amazon for ÂŁ5 (it is called Hearts of Darkness).

Not sure if Carr would recognise Ken's influence on the start of Apocalypse Now either.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / barmpot critics
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 16, 2020, 10:02:17 PM »
Some typical venom on Ken's films "Shot by David Watkin who helped create controversy with Ken Russell’s barmpot crazy religious fiasco The Devils".  It isn't even an article about Ken or The Devils.

The writer is Martin Carr writing in 10tenfilms, 15 Jan 2020.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Dance of the Seven Veils in Keswick, UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 12, 2020, 10:43:51 PM »
The Keswick Film Festival is showing Ken's Dance of the Seven Veils on 29 Feb 2020.  A rare chance to see the film on the screen.

There will also be music videos by Elton John, Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard all directed by Ken.
Steven Berkoff discussion / Dog/Actor touring the UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 11, 2020, 07:41:14 PM »
Three Dumb Theatre will perform a double bill of one act plays Dog and Actor on various dates in 2020.

  • 4-5 June Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool
  • 16 Jun Syngenta Cellar @ Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • 18-19 Jun Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
  • 2-4 Jul Corpus Playroom, Cambridge
  • 8 Jul Salford Arts Theatre, Manchester

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