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Athol Fugard discussion / Master Harold... and the Boys in Idaho, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 15, 2024, 08:05:46 PM »
Idaho Repertory Theatre present Master Harold...and the Boys from 5- 14 July 2024.  The play is directed by Baron Kelly.

"Fugard's searing coming-of-age story, loosely based on his own experience in South Africa, concerns the changing relationship between a white teen and the two Black men who work as waiters in his mother’s tea room".

For the theatre website click here

For more on the play click here

Steven Berkoff discussion / Steve Berkoff reading Byron's Don Juan
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 10, 2024, 08:06:17 PM »
Steven Berkoff will read from Lord Byron’s poem Don Juan. This will be with music from the Romantic period (and complimentary prosecco!).

The music includes Harold in Italy by Berlioz, inspired by Byron’s poetry.  George White will perform on viola with Elena Toponogova on piano.

“The South Downs Poetry Festival is delighted to link up with the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association to celebrate the bicentenary of Lord Byron’s death. Admired and reviled in his own time, Byron is now recognised as one of the great Romantic poets”.

This is part of the Festival of Chichester on 9 July 2024.  Details are on the Festival website click here

For more on Steven Berkoff click here

Kathleen Turner’s five favourite movies:
  • The Music Lovers (Ken Russell, 1970)
  • Shrek (Andrew Adamson, 2001)
  • The Accidental Tourist (Lawrence Kasdan, 1988)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher, 2011)
  • Auntie Mame (Morton DaCosta, 1958)

from Scott Campbell, 17 May 2024, Far Out Magazine, click here

For more on The Music Lovers click here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Death of Alexander Scriabin
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 07, 2024, 12:21:43 PM »
Details of Ken Russell's radio play on a meeting between composer Alexander Scriabin and notorious English mystic Aleister Crowley.  With Oliver Reed, James Wilby and Hetty Baynes.  You can also hear a short extract from the play.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on May 03, 2024, 07:34:28 PM »
Hi, Iain,
This photo of myself, Ken and Lisi Russell surfaced in my files.

Fun times. Thought you guys might like it. It was a mask day.

I'm on the road again and will check in later in the year when I resurface.

Take care of yourselves. Keep Your Sense Of Wonder.

My Very Best

Athol Fugard discussion / Susan Hilferty honoured
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 24, 2024, 05:53:51 PM »
Susan Hilferty will be honoured with the New York University Medal for her "monumental contributions to NYU and for advancing the University’s legacy in the arts".  Hilferty has worked on over 40 productions with Athol Fugard- from the NYU website, 17 Apr 2024, click here

Photo from the Susan Hilferty website, click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Music Lovers on Blu-ray
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 11, 2024, 04:44:02 PM »
The British Film Institute are releasing The Music Lovers, Ken Russell's film on Tchaikovsky, on Blu-ray with many extras:
  • Presented in High Definition
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by film historian Matthew Melia
  • Interview with Alexander Verney-Elliott (2024): Ken Russell's son looks back upon his father's work, and remembers his own appearance in The Music Love
  • Charlotte Bronte Enters the Big Brother House (2007, 16 mins): Ken Russell staged, directed and filmed this 'Radical Bronte' ballet for young people, illustrating Jane Eyre
  • The Guardian Interview: Melvyn Bragg (1988, c76mins): Ten years after the inception of The Southbank Show, Melvyn Bragg discusses his career in television and film writer Ronald Harwood, at the National Film Theatre in London.
  • Galina Ulanova in "Swan Lake" (1940, 6 mins): one of the greatest ballerinas of all time is seen performing a dance from Swan Lake. As this rare footage is silent, for best results, watch it as you listen to your favourite recording of the Adagio from Act 2
  • USSR Today: Edited highlights from three editions of the Soviet newsreel, gathering items about Tchaikovsky and Russian musical arts.
  • Original trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY- Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Matthew Melia, a new essay by Caroline Langhorst and contributions from Alexander Verney-Elliott and Lisi Russell
It will be released 17 June 2024.

For more on The Music Lovers click here.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / British Horror on Film
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 06, 2024, 10:53:39 AM »
A new book Folk horror on film edited by Kevin J. Donnelly and Louis Bayman has been issued, and will include Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm".

"What is folk horror and how culturally significant is it?  This collection is the first study to address these questions while considering the special importance of British cinema to the genre's development.  The book presents political and aesthetic analyses of folk horror's uncanny landscapes and frightful folk. It places canonical films like Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973) in a new light and expands the canon to include films like the sci-fi horror Doomwatch (1970-72) and the horror documentary Requiem for a Village (1975) alongside filmmakers Ken Russell and Ben Wheatley".

Sounds interesting.  It is currently an expensive hardback (ÂŁ90) but when in paperback I will post more.

For more on The Lair of the White Worm click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Shirley Russell's costumes for Women in Love
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 04, 2024, 07:44:22 PM »
Shirley Russell's work on costumes for Women in Love, with an informative article by Claire Smith of the British Film Institute.

"The costumes of the central characters look forward from the war to the youth, vigour and energy of the 1920s style. Scouring London markets and regional auctions for examples of period dress, [Shirley] Russell made the moment relevant; seeking links between the present and the vivacious, wild but often troubled bright young things of the decade".
The article by Claire Smith on the BFI website is here

For more on Women in Love click here

Athol Fugard discussion / My Children! My Africa! in Cape Town, South Africa
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 03, 2024, 08:16:18 PM »
My Children! My Africa! is on at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town from 4- 19 April 2024.

"In a township classroom in the Eastern Cape in 1984, an idealistic teacher attempts to instill a love of learning in his gifted pupil, but political unrest and the generational divide soon culminate in an explosive conflict with tragic consequences. Athol Fugard’s seminal 1989 play, My Children! My Africa! presents a candid and moving portrait of a country on the verge of revolution. This modern classic is Fugard’s hymn to the power of youth, education, hope and ideas".

For the theatre website click here
For more on the play click here

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