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You can watch the programme online.

"He could be absolutely ghastly, he could be rude- not to the actors, I give him credit here- and, you know, he could scream his head off and be furious, and them thirty seconds later he’d be completely stuck on a rock somewhere and anybody who had an idea he would listen to, and listen to openly and properly and not infrequently those ideas would trigger something in him and he would do it.

But he was a marvellous marvellous director to work with, I think, because he had images, visions.  It was always with him something that was seen and was set, the image, it was the vision, it was the idea how the person could physically change or develop that were really the things that triggered  him".

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html
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Steven Berkoff discussion / Strippers vs Werewolves
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 28, 2022, 01:27:11 PM »
Updates to Strippers vs Werewolves

"It does not end well for Berkoff, he appears after six minutes and thankfully after nine he is dead - was it the strippers or the werewolves?  Do we care?  Not the best three minutes of his acting career"

http://www.iainfisher.com/berkoff/berkoff-film-2010s-2.html


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BBC Radio 4's This Cultural Life will interview Glenda Jackson including on directors she has worked with.  It is broadcast on Saturday 1 Oct 2022 on BBC Radio 4.  It will also be available live on the BBC Website.  More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html

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Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis in Ohio, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 22, 2022, 08:29:36 PM »
The University of Findlay's theatre present 4.48 Psychosis from 22-25 Sept 2022.  More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/kane/eng/sarah-kane-news.html


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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Kate Bush and Ken Russell
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 21, 2022, 10:08:29 PM »
Kate Bush and her album Never Forever:

"...the album continues with Delius (Song Of Summer) – which could have been directly from Peter Gabriel III – and is probably the freshest number on the album, with its various voices and the putter of ‘Roland’ on percussion. Fredric Delius was “an extraordinary man both in body and spirit,” Bush wrote in 1980. It captured the tale of Delius’ relationship with his amanuensis, Eric Fenby.

“Who, prior to 1980, put a song on a pop album about a classical composer?” asked David Mitchell in his introduction to How To Be Invisible. It certainly wasn’t Roll Over Beethoven. The ‘Taa-taa-taa-taa’ was how Delius – then blind and paralysed – would try and convey his thoughts to Fenby.

Bush recalled seeing the Ken Russell film on the relationship in 1968 when it was screened as part of BBC1’s Omnibus season. “Delius would have applauded you for doing your own thing your own way. He would have accepted it as a very gracious tribute,” Eric Fenby told Bush later that year".

The article is by Daryl Easlea, 21 Sept 2022. The link is here
https://www.loudersound.com/features/how-kate-bushs-never-forever-changed-her-career-forever
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Sarah Kane discussion / Sarah Kane meets Noel Coward
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 21, 2022, 09:24:25 PM »
A review of Joanna Pickering's new play Bad Victims includes the analysis "Pickering's writing is Sarah Kane meets Noel Coward with the deviousness of Phoebe Waller-Bridge to flip a scenario on its head".

The review is on Broadway World but I can't find the name of the reviewer:
https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BAD-VICTIMS-Comes-to-The-Courtyard-Theatre-Next-Month-20220920
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Elgar and Dance of the Seven Veils in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 15, 2022, 09:03:10 PM »
Elgar and Dance of the Seven Veils are on at the National Film Theatre in London on 3 Nov 2022.

"Russell’s daring film about the life of Richard Strauss, made for the Omnibus strand, was shown once and then banned because of objections from the Strauss estate, who blocked the use of his music. Now these compositions have finally come into the public domain it can be seen again. The film was hugely controversial, but it is a fine example of Russell at his most extravagant and attracted a wide and curious audience."

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html

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An article by Steven in The Jewish Chronicle, 8 Sept 2022.

"As heartfelt public apologies are made for the crimes of slavery, it would be very welcome if the Catholic Church said sorry for the hideous atrocities perpetrated against the Jews".

"There is very little understanding of the blood libel, a filthy lie promulgated largely by the Catholic church. And there is also an unfortunate ignorance of Jewish ritual and Jewish law. We actually get rid of blood. The idea that Jews are obsessed with it was a projection of their own narrow-minded interpretation… In the following century, having milked the Jews for years, Edward I expelled them. And it was in England, of course, where Jews first had to suffer the ignominy of wearing a badge of identification”.


The full article is here
https://www.thejc.com/lets-talk/all/the-catholic-church-must-apologise-to-jews-for-its-sins-4zDtinQmXltN8y3h25Y98v
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Timothy Spall (Gothic) on working with Ken
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 09, 2022, 04:36:59 PM »
The headline of the interview "Timothy Spall: ‘Cockroaches in your mouth and a bucket of leeches – that’s when you know you’re in a Ken Russell movie" makes it sound like a cliched attack on Ken, but it is the opposite

"Ken Russell was actually very together and organised, given that he [had] a reputation of being this extraordinarily wild man. I remember coming to rehearsal and him saying: “This is where we find you dead. Here’s the art director to discuss the cockroaches coming out of your mouth.” I said: “Excuse me? The cockroaches come out of my mouth? There is no way I’m going to have cockroaches coming out of my mouth.” They ended up using a plaster cast of my face. We also had a leech wrangler with this huge bucket of leeches. Ken freaked out and tucked his jeans into his socks because he thought one was going to crawl up his leg"

The interview is by Rich Pelley in The Guardian 8 Sept 2022
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/sep/08/timothy-spall-reader-interview?utm_term=631b46e4ac7897869d6041121b20fd4f&utm_campaign=FilmToday&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=filmtoday_email
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Whore on Blu ray
« Last post by Rosebud on September 08, 2022, 07:09:45 AM »
I just received and watched the new "Whore" blu ray and am pretty impressed by the obvious amount of love and care that was put into it. The film looks better than I have ever seen it.  It's actually the first time I've watched the movie in its proper proportions.  And quite a bit of interesting stories, tidbits, and analyses come out of the various special features. Teresa Russell is extremely honest in her interview when talking about her life and career.  It's good to know she mostly has fond memories of "Whore."  It's definitely a must have for any Ken Russell fan.
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