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Sarah Kane discussion / Sarah Kane in Education
« Last post by Linus on May 07, 2023, 02:40:56 PM »
Hello!

I wanted to ask what your opinion would be on including Sarah Kane's plays in schools? More specifically in secondary education (ages 16-18). If you think it could be done, what are some considerations you can immediately think of that might be important to make?

I am myself a teacher student at the moment and have an avid interest in Sarah Kane (and In-Yer-Face theatre) and I'm curious if it would be possible since her plays do concern some very deep issues!
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Gothic on Blu-ray
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 05, 2023, 08:49:42 PM »
The British Film Institute (BFI) will release Gothic on blu-ray on 11 Sept 2023.  No details yet of extras,
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Celebrity Naked Ambition on tv
« Last post by handyfragges on May 05, 2023, 06:33:34 PM »
I find it a bit odd that there are articles ranking actresses based on their nudity in movies. It can feel like a way to objectify these actresses, especially when the focus is on those who have made a career out of it. However, I do appreciate when articles recognize the actors and actresses who have chosen to do nude scenes https://nuderole.com/video/fanny-targioni-tozzetti-nude-leopardi-2014/ and the agency they have in their decisions. It's important to remember that nudity on screen can be meaningful and serve the story, but it's also crucial to question why it's included and whether it's truly necessary or just for shock value. At the end of the day, it's about respecting the choices of the actors and actresses while also being critical of the industry's motivations.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Celebrity Naked Ambition on tv
« Last post by handyfragges on May 05, 2023, 12:04:58 AM »
I think it's kind of strange to make a list of top extended nudity in movies. It seems a bit objectifying, especially when the article is talking about actresses who have made a career out of it. However, I do appreciate that the article acknowledges Helen Mirren's longevity in the industry and her willingness to do nude scenes throughout her career. It's important to remember that actors and actresses have agency in their choices to appear nude on screen, and it's not necessarily always exploitative. But at the same time, it's also important to question the motivations behind why nudity is included in a film, and whether it's truly necessary to the story or just gratuitous.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / shoddy Wikipedia article on The Music Lovers
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 03, 2023, 11:41:11 PM »
The wikipedia article on The Music Lovers list various negative reviews.  One is quoted
"vulgar, excessive, melodramatic and self-indulgent . . ."

The "..." cuts out the words "Tchaikovsky's music is indeed all of these things, yet gloriously so, and the same goes for Ken Russell at his freewheeling best"

The full text is "vulgar, excessive, melodramatic and self-indulgent: Tchaikovsky's music is indeed all of these things, yet gloriously so, and the same goes for Ken Russell at his freewheeling best. The director's first composer biopic for the cinema approaches Tchaikovsky's scores as the expression of extreme emotional turmoil. The drama is at fever pitch throughout, from Peter's disturbing recollections of his mother's painful demise, through fear of exposure of his homosexuality to his misguided cover marriage to social-climbing Antonina Milyukova. Chamberlain doesn't quite have the range required in the central role, though his keyboard skills are impressive, even if it's soloist Rafael Orozco we hear on the soundtrack, while Glenda Jackson is at her most physically committed as the ill-fated Antonina. The whirling camera, mercurial cutting and fantasy interludes capture the music's heady mood swings. It's not subtle, but it is all of a piece" (TJ, Time Out, 10 September 2012, click here).

This is shoddy misrepresentation of the review by TJ, of Tchaikovsky and of Ken Russell.

The Wikipedia article is here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Lovers#Reception
accessed 3 May 2023

The genuine review is here
https://www.timeout.com/movies/the-music-lovers
accessed 3 May 2023
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Steven Berkoff discussion / Updates to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 03, 2023, 02:14:21 PM »
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

"Tiny as a sparrow, fierce as an eagle, Lisbeth Salander is one of the great Scandinavian avengers of our time, an angry bird catapulting into the fortresses of power and wiping smiles off the faces of smug, predatory pigs... Her appeal arises from a combination of vulnerability and ruthless competence. Lisbeth can hack any machine, crack any code and, when necessary, mete out righteous punitive violence, but she is also... a lost and abused child"




Click here (near bottom of page)
http://www.iainfisher.com/berkoff/berkoff-film-2010s.html
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Updates to The Mystery of Dr. Martinu
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 29, 2023, 02:06:57 AM »
A major update to Ken Russell's television film on the Czech composer Martinu.  "The Mystery of Dr. Martinu subtitled A Revelation by Ken Russell from 1993.  This is Freud meets Buñuel´s Een Chien Andalou meets Hitchcock (Spellbound and Vertigo)".

Click here (bottom of the page)
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-tv-secret-lives.html

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Jon Sorensen on April 28, 2023, 07:56:41 PM »
Hi, Iain. The bio book has grown to be a much bigger project and is delayed by about a year. I certainly will be covering "Alien Blood". In the interim period some bio/travel podcasts may emerge as I move around and I will possibly point you to them on here, for anyone who may be interested. The book I am only going to be doing once, so I may as well get it right. There's a lot of material. More than I could have predicted. Also, I recently watched again Ken's two "Clouds Of Glory" films on Wordsworth and Coleridge, on a DVD given me by Ken himself. Took me back to seeing them first on my loaned tiny black and white TV set wrapped in my sleeping bag in Peter Cushing's old dressing room at the old Bray Film Studios where I camped out for my first four months in 1978 whilst working on "Alien" (1979). I really ought to put them up on YouTube or even on my own website so that people can see them again. They still make me marvel. Just wonderful and still vivid the effects they had on me as we built spaceships and aliens so that "in space no-one could hear you scream". Do take care of yourselves. I send my very best and a wee smile. Keep your sense of wonder!
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Athol Fugard discussion / Master Harold in San Francisco
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 27, 2023, 08:34:33 PM »
Weathervane Productions presents The Road to Mecca at Z Below from 4- 30 Jun 2023.
For more details click here:
http://www.iainfisher.com/fugard/fugard-news.html

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Mahler in USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 26, 2023, 07:16:30 PM »
The Colorado MahlerFest present Ken Russell's Mahler on 18 May 2023.  It is shown at the Boedecker Theater, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, USA.

For more details see here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html

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