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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.
Ken and Peter Blake
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!!!
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 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
New short film on Aleister Crowley
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
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
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
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
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
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:
The following television:
The following shorts:
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
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.
Details are here.
Derek Jarman Festival in London
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.
There may be a VERY special guest at the showing.
The Guest was Scott Antony.
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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