A fascinating time was had at a beautifully organised conference in Kingston University this week, where Russell scholars from Britain (a good many of them from Aberdeen, obviously a stronghold for Culture), Serbia, Japan and Germany joined fans from Austria and England to watch and listen to presentations by me and others. The highlight of highlights, excepting my clips from Cinerama Holiday to explain Russell's use of 3D space, was Murray Melvin holding forth with a fat bloke in a nice linen jacket. Among the other highlights was UEA's Richard Farmer screening the Black Magic commercial Ken Russell made in 1965 for more money per foot than Dr. No. Filmed in an Italian castle, it looked like a cross between Mario Bava and Women in Love.
The downside was too many speakers having no knowledge of Ken's 35mm film work pre-Women in Love, and too much quoting of duff articles by duff 'critics' in duff publications.
|Murray Melvin discusses his starring role in Ken Russell's Diary of a Nobody (1964) with Paul Sutton at Kingston University, July 2017|