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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on June 05, 2020, 11:45:50 AM »
...incidentally, whilst swinging by here, there is also a short piece, dedicated to Ken,
called "Voyager", amongst the short films on the site. I cannot listen to "Venus" from Holst's "The Planets" without remembering how I saw Ken's film on the "South Bank Show" in 1983, which made such an impression on me. Again, my very best to you all. Take care of yourselves.  ;D
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on June 04, 2020, 10:04:30 PM »
Thank you so very much, Iain.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Paradise 1 and Joseph Lamar
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 03, 2020, 08:27:22 PM »
A music video which Collin Estes says "In typical Lamar fashion, it’s eclectic, heady and hooky, and the video, directed by Lamar and Dylan Lee Lowry, matches the track’s kaleidoscopic menace with repurposed religious imagery that would make Ken Russell proud".

I see what he means, Aria and Tommy come to mind.  The musis is by Joseph Lamar and the video by Dylan Lee Lowry and  Lamar.

The video is here

The article is here
Athol Fugard discussion / Re: Master Harold online from the Fugard Theatre
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 03, 2020, 07:14:25 PM »
You can now see Master Harold as well as The Road to Mecca online from the Fugard Theatre.

Note they are not available for all countries.
Larry Kramer who wrote the script (adapted from the DH Lawrence novel) of Women in Love has died.
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.
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