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General discussion / Re: site update
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 07, 2020, 01:17:13 PM »
Updated to 2.0.16 then 2.0.17.  If there are problems let me know
Steven Berkoff discussion / Re: They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 19, 2019, 07:29:07 PM »
Two more performances on 23 Feb and 1 Mar 2020.  Highly recommended.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Julian Sands on Ken (and Derek Jarman)
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 19, 2019, 07:15:05 PM »
Julian Sands who played Shelley in Ken's Gothic gives a short interview with interesting observations on Derek Jarman and Bowie.  On Ken he says

"Yeah, I loved working with Ken, knowing it wasn’t going to be an easy ride. You know, he could be quite volatile, and he was very quick to express his displeasure. But I thought he was a great genius, really. The energy and the imagination Ken had, and his volition to get his films made… Although towards the end it was very difficult for him to get his films made. But he was such an individual and had such a unique vision and sensibility. He did everything on the set and was so involved in every aspect of film-making beyond just operating the camera. He was a real artist, you know?

He’s generally thought of as sort of this brute, with this bruising, in-your-face imagery, but some of it is sensitive and beautiful, and I think that comes through from what he really wanted to do as a young person, which was to be a ballet dancer. So even when his work is at its most aggressive, there is a sensitivity and a beauty and a feeling which reflects the kind of powerful muscularity of ballet as well as its extraordinary grace."

The interview is by Will Harris in the Decider website on 18 Dec 2019.  The link is here
Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Kane inspired "When The Dark Hits Me" in Malaysia
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 05, 2019, 12:48:07 AM »
It is great that her work is reaching new areas and inspiring people there.
Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Kane inspired "When The Dark Hits Me" in Malaysia
« Last post by Froehlich on December 03, 2019, 04:26:01 PM »
I had no idea Kane was popular in the far East. That's amazing.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Tommy at the BFI in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 03, 2019, 01:09:00 AM »
Wow, I wish I had been in the audience
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Tommy at the BFI in London
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on December 01, 2019, 06:44:24 PM »
I can add that the audience rushing the stage in Elton's Pinball Wizard was not planned. It was a spontaneous gesture made by the audience extras.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Twiggy on Ken and the lost Wishing Tree film
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 28, 2019, 07:14:57 PM »
A very good interview of Twiggy on 27 Nov 2019 by Nick Knight.

She talks of how she was a model and one day got a phone call from Ken who she didn't know personally but as she says he was the most acclaimed director then.  Ken offered her a role in a film based on William Faulkner's The Wishing Tree [an obscure Faulkner 1927 children's book now book out of print].  The film would have music by Paul McCartney.  Sadly the film did not go ahead.

Twiggy says she was an extra in The Devils, then one day she saw the musical The Boyfriend on stage, and told Ken how good it was.  He phoned her the next day to say he was going to film it with her starring.  She was sent on dancing and singing lessons but not acting lessons, as Ken wanted her as she was.

A very good recommended interview and she brings out her admiration of Ken and her friendship with him.

The link is here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Tommy at the BFI in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 27, 2019, 11:41:27 PM »
I saw Tommy at the BFI, so good to see it on a cinema screen.  And despite previous warning of French subtitles, the BFI seem to have found a good copy as there were no subtitles.

Best scenes are of course the set pieces, Tina Turner's Acid Queen, Elton's Pinball Wizard, a drugged out Eric Clapton in the Marilyn Monroe church performing Eyesight for the Blind.

The BFI programme by Frank Miller mentions then newcomer George Lucas was asked to direct, but he chose to do American Graffiti instead.  Candidates for the Pinball Wizard were Tiny Tim and Rod Stewart, and for the Acid Queen a candidate was Bowie. Christopher Lee was originally in the role that Jack Nicholson took on.
Athol Fugard discussion / Re: 'Master Harold'... and the boys in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 09, 2019, 10:25:22 PM »
The actors Hammed Animashuan and Lucian Msamati talk about their involvement in the National Theatre's 'Master Harold'... and the Boys.

The talk is on 18 Nov 2019.  Details are here
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