Archive for Ken Russell

Back to Work

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2019 by dcairns

The tireless work of the labourer in cinema. Got back from Bologna on Monday and recorded Anne Billson, our celebrity cat-sitter, for a video essay we’re doing on an undisclosed subject. This is our first real collaboration, though we’ve talked a lot about doing a screenplay together. It’s for Masters of Cinema but that’s all I’m saying.

The following day I recorded a VO for another video essay for another company, Arrow Video, title also undisclosed, and the next day we began editing it.

Today there’s a screening of the graduation films from Edinburgh College of Art — many of which won firsts — so I’ll be at Filmhouse later.

With all this going on, I haven’t had time to watch any films apart from those the video essays deal with, so as you may have noticed, I have nothing to say.

Oh, if you have a Criterion Channel subscriptions, you can watch my two video interviews with the great Angela Allen, who talks about her work with John Huston, Tony Richardson, Roman Polanski and Ken Russell (all of them bad boys). Photographed by my longtime collaborator Jane Scanlan and edited by Stephen C. Horne.

The picture at top is not a clue.

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Ken’s Boxes

Posted in FILM with tags on May 1, 2019 by dcairns

Fiona kept saying “What is THAT?” as she “proofread” this. Happy to answer specific queries of that kind in the Comment section.

 

 

Nothing Is Beyond Our Ken

Posted in FILM, Television with tags , on April 30, 2019 by dcairns

Ken Russell, muffintop messiah.

Working on a big Ken Russell gallery for you all. But meanwhile, here’s a big Ken Russell article, for The Chiseler. Ken’s career arc, from home movies to TV to British movies Hollywood back to British movies back to TV back to home movies has such an elegant shape to it that it’s a wonder no major critical study exists, that I’m aware of, tackling the whole thing.

So here it is in miniature.