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Song of Summer in London

Song of Summer will be shown at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 29 Jan 2012.  There is a planned  round table discussion with Julian Lloyd Webber, Delius expert Lyndon Jenkins and other guests.

The event follows a concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra featuring Delius' Brigg Fair and Cello Concerto performed by Julian Lloyd Webber.

 

Ken and Peter Blake

Peter Blake and Ken Russell

Ken and Peter Blake appear in conversation on Sky Arts on 15 Jan 2012.  Peter Blake is famour for designing the cover of Sgt. Pepper, and appeared in Ken's television film Pop Goes the Easel.  Click on the image for  a trailer.

 

Ken's photos in the Isle of White, UK - extended

Photographs by Ken at Dimbola Museum and Galleries 'London Lost and Rediscovered.'  It is on from 7 Oct 2011- 15 Jan 2012 (this is extended).  Details are here.

 

Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil and Women in Love and The Rainbow

BBC2 are broadcasting Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil, presented by Alan Yentob.  Women in Love follows then The Rainbow.  It is on 14 Jan 2012.  Thanks to Richmond74 for the details.

 

Ken Russell passes away

Following a number of strokes recently, Ken died peacefully in his sleep.

Happily he lived to see Dance of the Seven Veils on the screen (the last time I talked to him a couple of months ago) and he lived to see The Devils announced on DVD.

 

Gothic in 3D!!!

Gothic in 3D - click to buy

Amazingly Ken's Gothic has been converted to 3D.  It is Region 1 (USA).  Click on the image to order.  Thanks to Willem for the information.

 

The Music Lovers on DVD: UK and USA

The Music Lovers - click to buy


The Music Lovers is now available.  It is region 2, no extras.  Click on the image to order.  Thanks to regal26 and Apulieus for the information.

The Music Lovers was released in the US on 27 Sept 2011, an MGM Made on Demand DVD.  Thanks to Brian for the information.

 

Savage Messiah and The Boy Friend on DVD

Ken Russell The Boyfriend - click for link   Ken Russell Savage Messiah - click for link


Warner Bros have issued Savage Messiah and The Boy Friend on DVD in America.  Click on the image to order.  Thanks to regal26 and Brian for the information.

 

New short film on Aleister Crowley

Ken Russell as Aleister Crowley - click for link

A new short film by Ken is underway.  Ken plays devil worshipper Aleister Crowley.  Click on the image for the details from Imperium Pictures.

 

Invasion of the Not Quite Dead

Invasion of the Not Quite Dead

A new film but Ken produces and plays a role rather than directs.  The director and writer is Tony Lane and the actors include Ajay Nayyar, Warwick Davis, Lloyd Kaufman, Peter Iasillo Jr, Laura Harvey and Thomas Fisher.
 

 

Ken in poor health

Ken had two strokes recently, and is feeling frail though he is still walking about.  Best wishes to him for a good recovery.

 

Dear Censor on BBC4

BBC 4 show a programme on film censorship.  Ken's letter to the censor on The Devils is "Dear John: I have cleaned up the shit from the altar and cut the orgy in half".  It is on 29 Sept 2011.

 

very rare showing of Dance of the Seven Veils
with Ken and Georgina Hale

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The Dance of the Seven Veils and Mahler will be shown at the Chichester Film Festival on 28 Aug 2011.  Ken Russell and Georgina Hale will be present.  Click on the image for more details.  Thanks to Ian for the information.

 

Je suis Charlie on the front page

Ken's wife Lisi agrees Ken would want to post a Je Suis Charlie declaration.  It is on the front page.

 

Altered States in London

Altered States - click for link

The National Film Theatre in London are showing Altered States on 7 and 9 Nov 2014. It is part of their Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder series. Click on the image for more details.

Major festival in Poland

Ken Rusell - click for link to festival

The t-mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland has a massive selection of Ken's films and television.  It is on from 24 Jul- 3 Aug 2014.

The following films:

  • Altered States

  • Boy Friend

  • Crimes of Passion

  • Gothic

  • Lisztomania

  • Mahler

  • Savage Messiah

  • The Devils

  • The Music Lovers

  • The Rainbow

  • Tommy

  • Valentino

  • Women in Love

The following television:

  • Dante’s Inferno

  • Debussy Film

  • Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World

  • Always on Sunday

  • Elgar

  • Song of Summer

The following shorts:

  • Boudica Bites Back

  • Lion’s Mouth 

  • Revenge of the Elephant Man 

  • Mystery of Mata Hari

One of the guests will be Lisi Russell, Ken's wife.  Click on the image for more details.

 

South Bank films on DVD: delays

The films Ken made for Melvyn Braggs South Bank Show are coming on DVD.  Details have to be confirmed but it may include

  • ABC of British Music
  • A British Picture
  • The Planets
  • Vaughan Williams
  • The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner
  • The Secret Life of Sir Arnold Bax
  • The Mystery of Doctor Martinu
  • Classic Widows
  • In Search of the English Folk Song
  • Elgar A Portrait of the Composer on a Bicycle

It is Region 2, you can pre-order here.  Thanks to Apuleius from the discussion forum for the information.  The date for release has been put back to Dec 2013, which suggests there may be a problem.

Major Ken Russell festival in Belgium

A major festival of Ken's films in Belgium.   Tons of films and talks.  It is on from 13-23 Mar 2014.

  • Tommy
  • The Music Lovers
  • The Boy Friend
  • Valentino
  • The Devils - The Original "X" Version
  • Savage Messiah
  • Conference: Imagining the Past - Day One. The international conference Imagining the Past: Ken Russell, Biography and the Art of Making History seeks to show how Russell’s work helps us to understand how cinema (re)constructs narratives about ourselves and the past.
  • Lisztomania
  • Ken Russell Surprise Film
  • Crimes of Passion
  • Conference: Imagining the Past - Day Two The international conference Imagining the Past: Ken Russell, Biography and the Art of Making History seeks to show how Russell’s work helps us to understand how cinema (re)constructs narratives about ourselves and the past.
  • Clouds of Glory
  • The Big Small Screen - Years 1962-1965 Ken Russell made a name for himself during 1960s by directing a series of iconoclastic TV dramatizations of the lives of famous composers and dancers. On Friday March 21 at Cinema Rits we present a small selection of his early work, which set new standards in documentary filmmaking.
  • The Big Small Screen - Years 1965-1966 Ken Russell made a name for himself during 1960s by directing a series of iconoclastic TV dramatizations of the lives of famous composers and dancers. On Friday March 21 at Cinema Rits we present a small selection of his early work, which set new standards in documentary filmmaking.
  • Mahler
  • Altered States
  • The Lair of the White Worm
  • Salome's Last Dance
  • Women in Love

Details are here.

 

Derek Jarman Festival in London

Savage Messiah- click for link

The British Film Institute in London have a Derek Jarman festival, and Savage Messiah is one of the films.  It is on 9 Feb 2014.  "Although less well known than The Devils, the second Ken Russell movie for which Jarman provided art direction is no minor picture. Centred on sculptor Henri Gaudier and his ill-fated, obsessive relationship with Sophie Brzeska, it smoulders with considerable intensity and intimacy despite a limited budget. Jarman’s striking sets (which included a 1910s nightclub) reflect the creative politics of the era and provide a rich, theatrical backdrop for the doomed affair.

The screening on Sunday 9 February will be introduced by Sam Ashby of ‘Little Joe’ magazine, who will discuss Jarman’s collaborations with Ken Russell."  Click on the image for more details.

There may be a VERY special guest at the showing.

The Guest was Scott Antony.

Murray Melvin, Georgina Hale, Scott Antony, Iain Fisher

Left Murray Melvin and Georgina Hale, both regulars in Ken's films, then Scott then me.  Photo by Lisi Russell, Ken's wife. 

 

 

 

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