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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Music Videos by Jon Sorensen
« Last post by Sorensen on December 19, 2023, 06:41:59 PM »
Hi, Iain, A brief visit to wish you and all here the very best for the New Year. Progressing on all my projects. In the spirit of Ken, new music films on my site below. Things are going to vastly change on the planet and I feel we are in the throes of Robert Fuest's wonderful 1973 film "The Final Programme". In some ways, this is not a bad thing. Bob was a visionary and so was Ken. We need more iconoclasts, otherwise film production will die from a glut of Marvel superheroes and cretinous commercials. Ken loathed commercials and said they were shaping the world in their own image, and he said that this image was a rotting death's-head. New blood will come out of CGI and related technologies bringing new ideas and a whole new movement of production with them. Ken and Bob would have approved and probably joined in. The television, movie and commercial models have been out of date for 25 years. I am excited about the future and watching all the wonderful work to come. Having said a mouthful, I wish you all the very best and leave a big hug and a wee smile. Keep up the great work, Iain. I aim to put those two "Clouds Of Glory" films of Ken's up on my site in the New Year and will let you guys know when it's done. It's a beautiful planet. Keep Your Sense Of Wonder! Take care of yourselves.

Jon Sorensen
Steven Berkoff discussion / Steven Berkoff as Polonius in Hamlet
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 15, 2023, 12:17:30 PM »
Steven Berkoff plays Polonius, the father of Ophelia, in the film of Hamlet.  Ian McKellen plays Hamlet and the film is directed by Seam Mathias.  The film is based on the theatre staging of the play which Berkoff dropped out of.  More details when available.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell season on the Criterion Channel
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 14, 2023, 11:19:06 AM »
Ken Russell’s Shocking Rhapsodies

"Passionate, transgressive, over-the-top, and unforgettable: the films of British iconoclast Ken Russell have rarely been surpassed in their feverish visual imagination and sheer audaciousness. Courting controversy after controversy with provocations like The Devils, Mahler, and Altered States, Russell explored the extremes of sexuality, violence, religion, and creativity through elaborate, often eye-popping mise-en-scène and performances of hysterical excess. The result is a cinema that still feels daring and fresh, with unbridled romanticism and surreal flights of fancy woven into his boundary-pushing narratives.

FEATURING: The Boy Friend (1971), The Devils (1971), Savage Messiah (1972), Mahler (1974), Altered States (1980), Gothic (1986), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Salome’s Last Dance (1988), The Rainbow (1989), Whore (1991)"

More details are here
For more on the films click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tarantino on Ken Russell
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 12, 2023, 11:04:17 AM »
"very few directors who have ever lived had the balls that Ken Russell had"
Quentin Tarantino
Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff on Hamlet in Elsimore TONIGHT
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 05, 2023, 06:54:30 PM »
Tonight on BBC4 Steven Berkoff will talk of his role in Hamlet in Elsinore, followed by the production.

More on Hamlet in Elsinore is here
Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Sarah Kane: Queer desires and feminist continuums
« Last post by Nina Kane on November 03, 2023, 10:44:09 AM »
Thanks Iain. Will keep you updated. Thanks for the fabulous website here as ever, and the work you do in keeping this archive on Sarah Kane's plays. It's an invaluable resource.

Best wishes
Athol Fugard discussion / Master Harold... and the boys in USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 02, 2023, 02:41:13 PM »
The Irish Classical Theatre Company in Buffalo present Master Harold... and the Boys from 16 Nov- 3 Dec 2023.

The director is Aaron Mays and the performers are Sam Fesmire, Roderick Garr and Gerald Ramsey.

"I think playwright Athol Fugard does something quite remarkable with this play. By acknowledging that some of the difficult moments in this piece are reflections on his own actions as a young man growing up in apartheid South Africa, and his willingness to examine his own role in inheriting and upholding the hate and intolerance of that environment, Fugard opens the door of humility and self-reflection. “Master Harold”…and the Boys centers both a tenderness and an ugliness that we may not otherwise choose to dwell on, particularly because of how vulnerable we might feel if we recognize traces of either in ourselves".

For more on the production see the theatre website here
For more on Master Harold click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell tribute on Youtube
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 29, 2023, 10:21:03 PM »
A good visual tribute to the music of Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Elton John pinball machine signed by Ken Russell
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 14, 2023, 02:05:53 PM »
You can buy an Elton John pinball machine signed by Ken Russell for only ÂŁ19,900 !!!!

"This is a piece of Pinball history. Capt Fantastic pinball was made to clebrate the Tommy film produced by the legendary Ken Russell.  The art depicts the Kngs Theatre PINBALL WIZARD showdown with Elton John playing his custom pinball in big red boots and glasses.  The machine available was used in a Portsmouth Film Festival event where Ken signed his name on the backglass art".

The pinball machine is on sale here.
For more on Tommy click here.

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