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Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis in Oakland, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 13, 2018, 09:06:51 PM »
Temescal Art Centre in Oakland present Anton Well's Theater Company production of 4.48 Psychosis.  It is on from 20 Jul-5 Aug 2018.
Beckett, Bond, Pinter discussion / Pinter at the Pinter
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 10, 2018, 07:10:43 PM »
The Harold Pinter theatre in London is presenting a season of Pinter Short Plays from 6 Sept 2018- 23 Feb 2019.  More details soon.
Athol Fugard discussion / Re: Nongogo
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 10, 2018, 06:59:02 PM »
Another chance to see Nongogo at the Market Theatre to 15 July 2018.

"And what Fugard has always been able to do so well, evident in his play Boesman and Lena, and the Academy Award-winning movie Tsotsi, adapted from his novel of the same title, is to capture the monotony of a people trapped in both space and time... In a body of work spanning over 60 years, Fugard has made it his life work to interrogate the psychological effects of apartheid in the life of black people in the townships. And how breaking the unjust laws of apartheid to survive has created an ambivalent relationship with the justice system entirely".

The quote is by Nkateko Mabasa from the Daily Maverick, 9 Jul 2018.  The link is here
Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis opera on BBC Radio 3
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 30, 2018, 07:56:26 PM »
The BBC will broadcast the opera by Philip Venables of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis.  The opera is highly recommended.

Details are here
Steven Berkoff discussion / Steven's photos in Glasgow
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 24, 2018, 08:47:09 PM »
Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow present an exhibition of Steven's photos.  It is on from 21 July to 16 Sept 2018 and Steven will be at the opening.

Details are here

"This never before seen body of work covers a period in the Autumn of 1966, when Berkoff was an actor with The Citizens Theatre, which at that time was directed by Michael Blakemore. In the days he had off from acting, he would be out exploring with his camera, using that time to photograph the environment around The Citizens.

He was fascinated by the the appalling decay of The Gorbals, which was waiting for the iron ball of the demolition workers. These photographs capture most of it just in time. Like many photographers he was drawn to slums and decay, ‘because these are the areas in which I was brought up.’"
Steven Berkoff discussion / Edinburgh Festival
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 15, 2018, 12:07:50 AM »
I can't see any Berkoff performances at the Edinburgh Festival- is this the first time for decades- or have I missed some performances?

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Scottish Painters
« Last post by Paul Beveridge on May 19, 2018, 11:27:33 AM »
Well I've had no joy coming up with a source for the recording. I guess it must have been recorded by a BBC band for the soundtrack. It's taken at a much slower pace than the Fennel recording of the time and I quite like that.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Blue Blood
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 14, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
Just watched Blue Blood, a film from 1974 with Oliver Reed.  Not recommended, a poor film with poor acting, but states under "trivia" that in Italy it was promoted as a sequel to The Devils.

Other than Oliver Reed there is no connection, it is more like a poor copy of The Servant with Dirk Bogart with supernatural elements added, not very convincingly, Hammer Horror style.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The most controversial films of all time
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on April 11, 2018, 12:04:53 AM »
I have seen three of the films listed.

The Last Temptation of Christ
Song of the South
and The Devils.

And while they may be controversial, I would actually describe them as being as good or even better than many films that are less controversial.

The rest of the films, while I am somewhat aware of them, I have yet to see any of them. Thus, I feel in no position to talk about their quality or lack thereof.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on April 10, 2018, 11:57:19 PM »
Final thoughts

Who and why did they green lit this film? Despite all the talent involved, certainly, they must have realized this, from the script, would never fly, but crash and burn. And if it was approved without a script, it goes to show that most films should not be approved without a workable script being available.

How disappointed everyone must have been. Ken comes off one of his best films in Tommy only to go into one of his worst films in this.

If a director has a bad film, it comes early in their career, when they are still somewhat inexperienced or later in their career. If one looks at what is considered Ken's best and worst films, he has a long "later in their career." For while he would continue to make films for another 3 decades, his last good film is considered to be Tommy, which he made back in 1975.
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