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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.
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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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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
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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.
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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
https://showstudio.com/projects/subjective/interview-twiggy-ken-russell
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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.
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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 https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning
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Athol Fugard discussion / 'Master Harold'... and the boys in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 09, 2019, 10:16:22 PM »
'Master Harold'... and the boys in presented in London's National Theatre to 17 Dec 2019.
The actors are Hammed Animashaun (Willie), Lucian Msamati (Sam) and Anson Boon (Hally).  The director is Roy Alexander Weise.

The production is highly recommended.

Details are here
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 22, 2019, 09:36:59 PM »
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While there were other members of The Goons and guest appearances, the 2 main members, besides Spike Milligan, were Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.

Michael Bentine was the final member, a comedian with a sense of humour similar to Milligan, but he has now been mostly forgotten.  There is a pub in London near where I used to work with a plaque for the Goons, as they wrote their first scripts in a room above the pub.
https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMMZ29_The_Goon_Show_Strutton_Ground_London_UK

The Goons were a major influence on Monty Python, and Milligan has a cameo in Life of Brian.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Black Hole
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 22, 2019, 09:28:20 PM »
In Chris Wade's documentary on Ken, Xavier Russell says Ken was offered The Black Hole but turned it down.  It featured (but not starring) his friend Anthony Perkins.

imdb summarised the film "A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.".  One scene is described as "V.I.N.CENT. defeats the robot Maximillian by boring through his mid-section with a high powered drill bit. This is similar to how Maximillian killed Dr Durant, so it would seem an appropriate end for the robot."

It sounds like it could be Billion Dollar Brain in space.  I can't see Ken making anything of it.
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