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Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy conference in London, UK
Kingston University in London present a conference on Ken Russell from 14-16 Jul 2017.
The presentations are:
Click on the image for more details.
Reality is a Dirty World: Ken Russell's photos in London, UK
The photos of Ken Russell before he made films, some stunningly beautiful photos. It is at the Proud gallery in London. Click on the image for details. Highly recommended.
Gothic at Carmine Boutique, Orlando USA
The thirtieth anniversary of Gothic, so Carmine Boutique are showing Gothic for five showings from 13 Feb 2016. Click on the image for details.
Song of Summer complete
Song of Summer began with a 30 second sequence featuring Laurel and Hardy. This has long been unavailable for copyright reasons, but you cans see it here. It shows Ken's ability to keep television audiences by opening with the unexpected. It also shows the inclusive appreciation of music by Fenby, compared with Delius' exclusivity ("What is English music- I don't know any").
French Dressing on DVD
French Dressing has been issued on DVD, Region 2.
No Wills- homage song
White Hills, a rock duo, have written a song which member Ego
Billion Dollar Brain on Blu-ray
Billion Dollar Brain is coming on Blu-ray.
Major biography of Ken
The first volume of Paul Sutton's authorised biography of Ken Russell is now available. More details soon. Click on the image to buy.
Ken Russell books
Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of the Devils by Richard Crouse was published in October 2012
Ken Russell's Dracula. Ken's script of the film.
More details on these soon.
Mindbender on DVD
Mindbender is available on DVD- not the next film I was hoping for, but... The best film on bending spoons. You can buy it here.
The Big Lebowski
Not real but an article on "What if those modern blockbusters were made in the 1950s? Artist imagines their posters and who would star in them". Ken directing Zappa, Bowie and Iggy Pop alongside Kinski, Warhol and Clint Eastwood. If only... The article is here.
A House in Bayswater
Ken's short (30 minute) BBC film from 1960 is now available online. Click here.
Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England's Last Mannerist
A new book on Ken Russell, Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England's Last Mannerist is published by Scarecrow Press, USA. The book is edited by Kevin M. Flanagan.
The book "on the one hand, explores areas of Russell's career that have been somewhat overlooked or marginalized, and on the other expands the applicability of Russell's films to academic film study. Roughly half of the essays in the book are "academic" while the other half, though still scholarly, could be seen as more popular and historical. Topics covered include an elucidation of all of Russell's Monitor films, a new framework for reading Russell's whole career (as a champion of the amateur aesthetic), an essay on Russell's approach to 1980s horror, a reconsideration of Salome's Last Dance, and many, many more. Contributing writers include Barry Keith Grant, John C. Tibbetts, Joseph A. Gomez, Paul Sutton and John Kenneth Muir. Thanks to Kevin for the information.
You can buy it here.
Mahler in Carolina, USA
Carolina Cinemas, Ashville, NC are showing Mahler on 22 Apr 2015. Lisi Russell and Ken Urban will introduce. Thanks to Lisi for the information.
The Devils in Harvard, USA
Harvard Archive are showing The Devils on 30 Mar 2015. The details are here.
The Dance of the Seven Veils in Ashville, USA
The Dance of the Seven Veils will be shown at the Railroad Library in the Phil Mechanic Building on 3 Apr 2015. The details are here.
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.
French Dressing in London
The British Film Institute in London presents French Dressing on 24 Aug 2011. Thanks to forum member Slapavision for the information.
Tommy and The Devils in London
Ken presents a screening of both Tommy and The Devils at the British Film Institute, London on 29 Jul 2001 (new date). There is a planned Q&A with Mark Kermode. Ken was to take part but had to withdraw due to ill health.
The Boy Friend in California
The Boy Friend will be shown on 31 Jul 2011 at the Aero Theatre. Production designer Tony Walton will be present. Click on the image for more details.
Lisztomania in Chichester, UK
"Where else can you see a film where Richard Wagner grows a
pair of vampire fangs; makes an Aryan monster (Thor - played by overblown
organ-obsessive Rick Wakeman!); stages a thoroughly nightmarish 'Rape of the
Rhine Maidens' - with the perpetrator sporting a Star of David tattoo (on his
forehead!!); teaches innocent little kiddies anti-Semitic rock songs about
'Teutonic Godheads'; dies; then returns from the grave as a swastika emblazoned
Frankenstein's monster with a Hitler moustache, firing an enormous
guitar/machine gun at a space-ship full of his and Franz Liszt's ex-lovers, who
are trying to bomb him?
Ken and Savage Messiah in Leeds, UK
Ken Russell will appear at a one-day Gaudier-Brzeska symposium. It is part of the Henry Moore Institute's Savage Messiah exhibition which highlights the extraordinary ways in which the life of the French-born sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) entered mainstream culture. It is on from 16 Mar- 31 Jul 2011 at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK.
Ken will appear with the showing of film Savage Messiah at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds on 22 Jun 2011.
Savage Messiah art show
Rob Tufnell Gallery in London has an exhibition centred around Gaudier (of Savage Messiah) "with contributions from... Sophie and Henri Gaudier-Brezska, Ken Russell, Derek Jarman, Ezra Pound, Christopher Logue, Derek Boshier [Pop Goes the Easel]. It is on from 23 Apr- 28 May 2011. Click on the image for more details. More soon after I go and see the exhibition.
The Devils to be shown uncut in London- with Ken
On 1 May 2011 the East End Film Festival will show The Devils uncut (109 mins).
"The complete version of Russell’s infamous masterpiece arrives for its second ever UK screening. Breathtaking sets by Derek Jarman and Russell’s confrontational use of religious, sexual and violent imagery conjure a vision of damnation in 17th-century France. Outspoken, promiscuous priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed Mother Superior (Vanessa Redgrave). As rumours of demonic possession spreads to the local nuns, Grandier’s resistance to the encroaching power of the state results in him being made the victim of a show trial in a climate of public hysteria. Based on events documented in Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, this is a potentially once in a lifetime chance to see a lost, deeply disturbing British classic."
Click on the image for details. Thanks to Apuleius for the information.
Stop press: Ken will be attending.
Pop Goes the Easel in Philadelphia, USA
On 28 Apr 2011 the International House Philadelphia, USA present Pop Cinema: Art and Film in the UK and US, 1950s – 1970s. This includes Ken's documentary Pop Goes The Easel. On 30 April 2011 Derek Boshier, one of the artists in the film. will be in discussion. Click on the link for more details.
Mahler in Largs, Scotland
Largs Film Society present Mahler on 22 April 2011 at the Valhalladrome in the Vikingar.
Celebrity Naked Ambition on tv
Ken and Amanda Donohue are on the British Channel 4 Celebrity Naked Ambition. It is about actors appearing naked on screen (!!) and Lair and The Rainbow are mentioned. Ken and Amanda give short comments. You can watch it again on Internet via Channel 4 on Demand here. It was broadcast on 12 Mar 2011.
2 films at Breda International Film Festival
Lisztomania on DVD
Lisztomania is available on DVD, with a commentary. You can buy it here.
BBC films on DVD in USA
Some of the best and rarest of Ken's work is released on DVD. The films are The Debussy Film, Dante's Inferno,
Always on Sunday, Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World, A Song of Summer and
Elgar. It is a USA release. Originally it was to include Dance of the Seven Veils
but obviously the Strauss estate blocked it and Elgar was substituted.
Thanks to Michael for the info. Click on the image for more info.
You can buy it here.
In Search of the English Folk Song on DVD
In Search of the English Folk Song is on DVD, American format. Ken's film on architect Gaudi is available along with Hiroshi Teshigahara's Gaudi film.
Isadora in Denver, USA
French Dressing petition
Sign a petition to get French Dressing released on DVD with commentaries. Click on the image for the site.
Pop Goes the Easel in London
On 13 Feb 2011 the Museum of Everything in London screens Ken's film for Monitor from 1962. Painter Peter Blake (who did the cover for Sgt Pepper) was one of the subjects and he will introduce the film. Click on the image for the museum, though it is not easy to navigate.
Murray Melvin interview online
BBC Radio 4 have an interview with Murray Melvin, from The Devils and lots more films by Ken. Click on the link to listen (but you have to be quick).
Amelia and the Angel
The British paper The Observer will have a free DVD of early
films by influential films directors. It is available this Sunday.
There is another exhibition of Ken's photos, before he went into
films, at the Proud Gallery in London.
Click on the image for more details. Note the photos on the Proud site are bad- seemingly a small image enlarged. The originals in the gallery are sharp and in focus. Highly recommended.
Russellmania! with Ken in New York
Want to see The Devils and Savage Messiah? Or The Boy Friend, Lisztomania, Mahler, The Music Lovers, Tommy, Valentino and Women in Love. Each with Ken Russell present. Go to the Lincoln Centre in New York from 30 Jul- 5 Aug 2010.
Click on the link for more details. Thanks to Steve for the information.
The Devils on DVD?
There is a lot of activity going on which may suggest The Devils is about to come out on DVD- possible with the additions of the cut scenes.
Some things: the film was for sale on iTunes briefly, and will be shown on 30 Jul 2010 at the Walter Reade Theater, New York.
There is an exhibition of Ken's photos, before he went into
films, at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards on Sea. Click on the image
for more details. Highly recommended.
Tommy with Ken Russell in Beverly Hills
For those people living in, or visiting The Los Angeles
Area, Ken Russell and Stuart Baird will be the special guests at a 35th
Anniversary screening of Tommy at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on
21 May 2010. Click on the image for more details. Thanks to Rosebud
for the details.
Aria Special Edition on DVD/ Ken at the BFI
Aria was reissued on DVD on 15 Jun 2009 but this time with extras.
The 10 directors each assigned to create a short film for
this whole piece were Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Jean-Luc Godard, Julien
Temple, Charles Sturridge, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Franc Roddam with
Nicolas Roeg and of course Ken. Each made a film segment to the music of
operatic arias. Ken did Nessun dora. You can buy it
Aria was shown at the BFI in London with Ken present. It happened on 9 Jun 2009. For details click here.
A Kitten for Hitler on-line
A Kitten for Hitler is available on the Comedybox site. 'Ten years ago, while working on The South Bank Show, Melvyn Bragg and I had a heated discussion on the pros and cons of film censorship. Broadly speaking, Melvyn was against it, while I, much to his surprise, was absolutely for it. He then dared me to write a script that I thought should be banned. I accepted the challenge and a month or so later sent him a short subject entitled A Kitten for Hitler. “Ken,” he said, “if ever you make this film and it is shown, you will be lynched.” ...that was ten years ago, and I’m still alive and kicking, but whether that will still be the case in November only the Lord knows. Because, by the end of October, the film will be seen the world over, on the Comedybox website.' Click on the image for the film. Thanks to Ken and Lisi as well as Emma and Marc for the link.
A British Picture reissued
Ken's autobiography A British Picture has being reissued in an updated version.
"The updated autobiography of Britain’s most controversial film director, the maker of Women in Love, The Devils, The Music Lovers, Tommy and The Rainbow, is as unconventional and brilliant as his best films. Moving with astonishing assurance through time and space, Russell recreates his life in a series of interconnected episodes – his thirties childhood in Southampton, his first sexual experience (watching Disney’s Pinocchio), his schooldays at the Nautical College, Pangbourne, early careers in the Merchant Marine and the Royal Air Force, dancing days at the Shepherds Bush Ballet Club and of course his career as a film-maker, beginning with an extraordinary interview with Huw Wheldon for a job on Monitor. Full of marvellously funny anecdotes and fascinating insights into the realities of the film director's life, A British Picture is a remarkable autobiography." Thanks to Paul for the information. You can buy it here. Recommended.
By Joseph Lanza and sub-titled Ken Russell and his films, this major new book is now available. As well as the films it covers Ken's opera and video work. This will be the first full length book on Ken since 1984. You can buy the book in the shop (click here). Recommended.
Ken in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Boyfriend in Portsmouth with Ken
Ken (and special guests) will be attending a special
screening of The Boyfriend at the Portsmouth theatre where it was filmed.
It happens on 6 Mar 2010.
Thanks to Paul for the information.
Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska and Gill
Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill. The Royal Academy in London have an exhibition featuring sculpture Gaudier, as in Ken's Savage Messiah. "Over a period of 10 years from 1905 to 1915, three outstanding young sculptors emerged in Britain; Jacob Epstein, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Eric Gill. The radical impact of their work was to transform British sculpture. This exhibition is the first time that the three artists have been shown together in this revolutionary context... The exhibition will contain more than 90 works including sculptures, drawings and pastels. With rooms dedicated to the work of each sculptor the exhibition will focus on the key achievements of each artist and will reveal their impact on British sculpture. The show will bring together spectacular works, including ... Gaudier’s innovative carving of Birds Erect [in Ken's film]". Click on the image for more details.
Ken will be at the Belfast Festival on 23 Oct 2009. He will
be in conversation with William Crawley.
Details are here www.belfastfestival.com
Karl Malden dies
Karl Malden has died. He had significant roles in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks (all with Brando), Hitchcock's I Confess, Patton, How the West was Won and many others. And of course Ken's Billion Dollar Brain. Thanks to regal26 from the discussion board for flagging this.
The Devils in Harvard and on Sky
The Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA, USA will screen The Devils on 24 Jul 2009. It will be the standard version of the film.
Sky Arts may have acquired the UK TV rights to show the 'directors cut' of The Devils, tentatively for August this year along with the Hell on Earth documentary. [unfortunely this will not happen].
Thanks to richmond74 and regal26 for the information.
Aria: Ken at the BFI
Aria will be shown at the BFI in London with Ken present. It happens on 9 Jun 2009. For details click here.
Monitor films at the BFI
On 15 Apr 2009 the BFI in London present Monitor Miscellany.
Lots of good early Ken Russell television work
Ken Russell at the Florida Film Festival
Ken Russell will be honoured and Crimes of Passion will be shown on the opening weekend of the Florida Film Festival at the Enzian Theater in Maitland. The Festival runs from 27 Mar- 27Apr 2009. Thanks to Nick for the information.
Gorsewood films: Boudica and Charlotte Bronte
Boudica Bites Back: Ken's latest Gorsewood film was expected on the Times Online site around Easter 2008. Now it will be shown at the SAND animation film festival in Swansea, Wales.
Charlotte Bronte: Ken's Charlotte Bronte was expected to be on YouTube. Thanks to Alex for the information.
Ken's photos in London: Soho Nights
"The photographs of Ken Russell captured the birth of the ‘hand jive’ at the Cat’s Whiskers coffee bar in 1956. This venue attracted such big crowds that there was no room to move and so hand gestures replaced conventional dancing. The atmospheric scenes these photographs portray give us a glimpse of night-time Soho as it once was."
This exhibition is on from 6 Dec 2008- 8 Feb 2009 at the Photographers Gallery, London. Click on the image for more info.
Ken is supporting and will take part in a film being set up by independent filmmakers AD Lane and Andrew Cargill. Click on the image for more information. Thanks to Archie for the information.
Mindgame: A Play in New York to 4 Jan 2009
Ken is directing a play in New York. Ken describes the play
Midgame as "A play in which nothing is
as it seems. Strains of violence, intrigue, questionable identity, serial
killers and sexually loaded psychodrama stretch the imagination to breaking
point or breakthrough point: your choice and your ride... Alone in my room,
reading the script... ,by the end of Act II was ready for a large scotch. By
the last page, I had finished the bottle. Yes, it was honestly the scariest
script I had ever read."
Site members can get discounts for Ken's play in NY:
Gorsewood films: Boudica and Charlotte Bronte
Boudica Bites Back: Ken's latest Gorsewood film was expected on the Times Online site around Easter 2008. Now it will be shown at the SAND animation film festival in Swansea, Wales. On 27 Nov 2008 there will be a Q&A with Ken and parts of the film will be shown as part of a "making of..." discussion.
Charlotte Bronte: Ken's Charlotte Bronte was expected to be on YouTube. Thanks to Alex for the information.
Herne Bay interview
Ken's interview for Kent TV in Herne Bay where French Dressing was made. Thanks to Kristien for permission to include the link.
Halloween screening of The Devils with Ken in New York
Anthology Film Archive, New York, have a midnight halloween screening of The Devils, and Ken will be there. Details are here www.anthologyfilmarchives.org
Ken signing A British Picture in Southampton
Ken will be signing copies of his book at Waterstone's West Quay Southampton Sat 13 Sept between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Thanks to Paul for the information.
French Dressing in Herne Bay
There is an open-air screening of French Dressing in the Memorial Park, Herne Bay, Kent, UK as part of the Herne Bay Festival. It is on 22 Aug 2008 at 8.00. Ken will be there in person to introduce the film. Thanks to Neil for the info.
The Twiggy story on stage
Twiggy, star of Ken's The Boyfriend, is trying to persuade Ken to work with her on a stage version of her life. This will be a musical with songs from the Fifties to today. She is working with a writer on the project, and wants Ken to bring it to the stage. From The Mail on Sunday, 28 Oct 2007.
Altered States in USA introduced by Blair Brown
Blair Brown, who played Emily Jessup in Altered States, introduces the film as part of the Brainwave NYC festival, on 18 Jan 2008 at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Click on the image for more details. Thanks to Steve for the information.
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