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(Henry)Ken(neth)(Alfred)Russell was born in Southampton on July 3rd, 1927.

For the BBC Arts programme: Monitor he made Elgar (1962) which put him on the film-making map!

In 1963 his first feature film French Dressing flopped so he returned to television where he amazed us all with: The Debussy Film (1965); Isadora Duncan: The Biggest Dancer in the World (1966) and Song of Summer (1968) before shocking 'them' with the still banned Dance of the Seven Veils: A Comic Strip in Seven Episodes on the Life of Richard Strauss (1970).

Then - cue music - he stunned the world and changed lives with a string of masterpieces starting with Women in Love (1969) for which he was nominated for his only Oscar and sallied forth with The Music Lovers (1970) and, his crowning glory The Devils (1971) was finally released on DVD in March 2012 sadly after Ken passed away. Bad timing Warner Bros - you will never be forgiven!

Besides many other TV films and Operas his films include The Boyfriend; Savage Messiah; Mahler; Tommy; Lisztomania; Valentino; Altered States; Crimes of Passion; Gothic; Lair of the White Worm; The Rainbow and Whore.

2008:Ken directed Anthony Horowitz's acclaimed thriller 'Mindgame' in New York at the SoHo Theatre (Off-Broadway).
Also, 'Boudica Bites Back!'

2010:The Boy Friend was screened at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth where it was filmed with Ken et al in attendance.

RIP Ken Russell: The Master: November 27th 2011

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  • Cult and Classic
  • May 25, 2007
  • English

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