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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 01, 2023, 01:44:36 AM »
The book sounds great, and can't wait.  Keep us posted, and podcasts welcome.
Peter Cushing's dressing room is a good place to get inspiration, from all the Hammer films to Star Wars.
For those who don't know Jon directed a film Alien Blood which is certainly Ken influenced, and the DVD has some good extras.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Bing AI Chat on Ken Russell
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 25, 2023, 02:07:27 PM »
I tried out Bing's new AI chat.  My question was "What is the influence of Fritz Lang on Ken Russell"

The answer was

"Ken Russell was born in the year that two influential films came out- The Jazz Singer which brought synchronised speech to the movies, and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Lang’s Metropolis was used by Russell in a number of films, most explicitly in Aria…but its influence on Russell goes much further. Although Lang’s career after Metropolis (1927) lasted up to 1960, it was the early silent Lang that Russell is influenced by. The films Russell saw in his youth".

It gave a reference for the source of the answer- my website!!
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tina Turner passes away
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 24, 2023, 09:46:39 PM »
Sadly Tina Turner has died.   She was of course iconic in Ken Russell's Tommy.

I recently added some comments from her autobiography on the site:
 "I was offered the role of the Acid Queen....  Ike [Turner] kept me on a very short leash, so it was exciting whenever there was an opportunity to get out from under his shadow.  I was thrilled... I brought my own clothes to the set, just in case I didn't like the costumes.  Thank God!  You should have seen how they would have dressed me... The costume designer, Russell's wife Shirley, said that I could wear them, although she came up with the Acid Queen's clunky platform shoes.  Ken Russell loved the way I looked" (Tina Turner, My Love Story, 2018 chapter 5).
The Tommy page is here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Westbury passes away
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 22, 2023, 02:02:12 PM »
Ken Westbury, cinematographer on Ken Russell's The Debussy Film and The Diary of a Nobody, and camera on The Debussy Film, has passed away.

His other work included The Singing Detective, To The Lighthouse and Dr Fischer of Geneva.
According to his first film role was clipper loader on The Bells Go Down with James Mason in 1943 and his last film before retirement was Unknown Things from 2007.

The entry is here
There is an interview with him here
though his work with Russell is not covered.
Athol Fugard discussion / Kaniveya Haadu (Valley Song) in India
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 20, 2023, 09:25:02 PM »
Natana School Of Theatre Arts present Kaniveya Haadu (Valley Song) , translated by Dr. Meera Murthy and directed by Dr. Sripada Bhat.  It is on 21 May 2023.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The 24 Best British Directors of All Time
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 13, 2023, 07:50:19 PM »
The 24 Best British Directors of All Time - a good list.

24 Amma Asante
23 Tony Richardson
22 Andrea Arnold
21 Lynne Ramsay
20 John Schlesinger
19 Ken Russell
18 Nicolas Roeg
1 7Guy Ritchie
16 Ken Loach
15 Jim Sheridan
14 Alan Parker
13 Richard Attenborough
12 Mike Leigh
11 Steve McQueen
10 Danny Boyle
9 Michael Powell
8 Martin McDonough
7 Terry Gilliam
6 Sam Mendes
5 Ridley Scott
4 Christopher Nolan
3 Carol Reed
2 David Lean
1 Alfred Hitchcock

A few I don't know (Amma Asante, Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay) but I will try and catch up on them
Obviously everyone will have a different order, but nice to see Ken between John Schlesinger and Nicolas Roeg
I thought Terry Gilliam didn't qualify, but I checked- though he was born in America he now has British nationality, so should certainly be on the list.

The list is by Johan Rice on Movieweb 13 May 2023:

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Crimes of Passion in Massachusetts, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 11, 2023, 09:02:05 PM »
Crimes of Passion will be shown as part of the After Midnight film series in Coolidge Corner Theater in Massachusetts.  It is screened on 26 May 2023 at one minute before midnight.

"In the early eighties British enfant terrible Ken Russell traveled to America and placed his unorthodox imprint on a pair of US movies. The first was Altered States, so out-there its screenwriter disowned it. The second was the equally crazy Crimes of Passion, starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Serial Mom) at the height of her powers".

More details are here
Athol Fugard discussion / Re: My Children My Africa in South Africa
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 11, 2023, 12:21:13 AM »
Artscape Arena presents My Children! My Africa! from 12 May- 5 Jun 2023.

The actors are Dobs Madotyeni (Mr M), Lungile Lallie (Thami) and Jenny Stead (Isabel).  The director is Marcel Meyer.

"Written during the twilight years of the apartheid regime, Athol Fugard’s seminal 1989 play, My Children! My Africa! presents a candid and moving portrait of a country on the verge of revolution".

For more details click here.

Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Sarah Kane’s Theatre of Psychic Life
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 10, 2023, 06:06:55 PM »

I haven't read it, sorry.  It costs £85 (£70 second hand) and London libraries don't have it.  I could try suggesting to the library that they order it, but I doubt they would order it given the costs and limited appeal.  I suspect it will be available in University libraries, though the one I tried didn't have it.

It is for me too much for a book I have yet to find reviews on.

By coincidence I just found a launch event for the book on 25 May 2023 "join us for the launch of Leah Sidi's new book Sarah Kane's Theatre of Psychic Life: Theatre, Thought and Mental Suffering, followed by a drinks reception. This is a hybrid event, supported by the UCL Health Humanities Centre".

Book author Leah will be joined by Dr Hannah Greenstreet (University of Liverpool) and Dr James Rákóczi (Durham University) for a discussion about Kane's relationship to feminist theatre, mental health, and the medical humanities.

Details are here
Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Sarah Kane’s Theatre of Psychic Life
« Last post by Linus on May 07, 2023, 02:42:52 PM »
Hello Mr. Fisher!

I was wondering if you've read this book and if so, what are your opinions on it?
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