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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 £5 (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

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.
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