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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell Portrait of a Maverick film
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 22, 2019, 07:44:14 PM »
Ken Russell Portrait of a Maverick is a documentary by Chris Wade. The film gives an overview of Ken’s childhood and career, and has interviews with Xavier Russell (Ken’s son who edited some of Ken’s films), Judith Paris, Emma Millions and (voice only) Scott Antony.

Xavier gives some good insight into Ken’s working such as how he edits.  He also mentions the friendship between Ken and Coppola, and Scorsese (who would send Ken copies of his latest films), as well as Fellini’s admiration of Ken.  He also mentions Ken’s mixed feelings about Kubrick.

Judith Paris brings out how devoted she is to the work of Ken and mentions his insistence on lots of takes.  As well as in films, she worked with Ken in the theatre.

Emma Millions covers the last films of Ken.  She gives examples of Ken’s inventiveness such as when they had to find a way of portraying a castle collapsing (The Fall of the Louse of Usher) and he came up with the idea of using a bouncy castle.  She also touchingly tells how she burst into tears when she overheard someone say Ken had just died.

The film is just over 55 minutes.  You can buy the DVD or the download here
The site has a short online trailer you can watch.


Athol Fugard discussion / Statements at the Fugard Theatre
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 21, 2019, 11:32:28 PM »
Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is at the Fugard Theatre in South Africa to 26 Oct 2019.

"Written in 1972, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act is set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence. Two lovers – a coloured man and white woman meet secretly in the library where the woman works to make love and share their hopes and fears. A neighbour reports them to the police who secretly photograph them from the informant's backyard and eventually break in and arrest the couple under the inhuman and universally pilloried Immorality Act. The play is a compelling and deeply moving love story in which the physically and emotionally naked lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom."

The actors are Marlo Minnaar, Liezl de Kock and the voice of AndrĂ© Odendaal.  The director is Greg Karvellas.

Details are here
Steven Berkoff discussion / They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 02, 2019, 07:07:42 PM »
Berkoff performs They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street in Arcola Theatre London on 20 Oct 2019.

"October, 1936. Three thousand fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, march on Cable Street in the heart of the Jewish East End. Six thousand Metropolitan Police officers are on hand to defend them. But London’s socialists, trade unionists, immigrants and dock workers are ready to meet the fascists – and their message is clear and united: “They shall not pass.”

Drawing on archival records and his own rich personal history, Berkoff performs a new verse work, with live music from long-time collaborator Mark Glentworth. Then he discusses the colossal impact of the Battle of Cable Street, and its lasting significance at a time of creeping threats from the far-right."

Details are here,6IF53,7EF3YC,PUWWK,1
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Linzi Drew in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 29, 2019, 02:48:23 PM »
Linzi Drew is giving a talk in The Cinema Museum in London.  Linzi appeared in minor roles in Salome's Last Dance (a slave) and The Lair of the White Worm (a maid) and memorably the lead role in Ken's segment in Aria.  She also appears in the porn film segment in An American Werewolf in London.

More on Linzi here
More on the event here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken's photos
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 26, 2019, 11:09:14 PM »
Another chance to see Ken's photos.  Is it at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards on Sea, UK from 21 Sept to 9 Nov 2019.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on September 21, 2019, 09:24:09 PM »
Yes, thank-you so much Iain.

They do say the best comedians experienced a life of tragedy, before they became comedians.

He certainly looks different here than what I remember him looking like in 1973's The Three Musketeers, which is where I 1st came across Spike Milligan.

While there were other members of The Goons and guest appearances, the 2 main members, besides Spike Milligan, were Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Valentino / Mardik Martin
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 20, 2019, 09:53:07 PM »
Mardik Martin, who wrote the screenplay for  Valentino with Ken, has passed away aged 82.  His other work includes Scorsese's Mean Streets, New York New York and Raging Bull.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by Rosebud on September 11, 2019, 07:56:00 AM »
Thanks so much for sharing Iain.  I've been wanting to see this for many years now.  Definitely, not one of his best, but still quite impressive and inventive, especially compared to the crap being made today.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Amelia and the Angel online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 10, 2019, 11:12:04 PM »
Suddenly a lot of Ken stuff.  As well as Portrait of a Goon, the BFI now have Ken's amateur film Amelia and the Angel online
"A young angel scours London for her wings in this tender short by the young Ken Russell"

The film is here

A short and sublime film, really beautiful.  Made in 1958 and 26 minutes lomg.  Spot Ken in a cameo, the passer-by the girl runs into.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 10, 2019, 08:20:18 PM »
Ken's early television film Spike Milligan, Portrait of a Goon is now online

Spike Milligan was a famous British comedian, who wrote the cult radio series The Goon Show.  Ken's film consists of Milligan talking to camera, mainly reflective rather than funny, with some madcap interludes.  Not one of his best films, but still good to see it.

It was broadcast on 6 Dec 1959 and lasts just over 9 minutes.

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