This video always makes me chuckle. Imagine telling a record company “… and we’ll have Donald Sutherland in the video” and getting an “Ok” in reply.
Are you kidding? That’s brilliant casting! And besides, what record company would have said NO to Kate Bush? A very stupid one that did not like money.
I cried reading that.
Exactly - how many artists could get away with asking for an A-List actor in their video? With any non-Kate Bush artist, the financial people would simply say “no, get a decent unknown actor and we’ll save a ton of money” and that would be that. But with Kate Bush, it’s obviously different. That’s where I get the chuckle from.
And yep, it’s great casting. I love him in this.
She claims he didn’t charge much. She sold him the idea and he went along.
As you would
Sometimes, with all the “blame and kill the women” incidents in history, I wonder how the population wasn’t hopelessly skewed…
Well they did pick on (skewing) older and single women in the witch hunts. No doubt the victims skewed lesbian. I did read a few histories of the witch trial fever in Europe and up to a third were men in some parts of Europe (what’s the bets they skewed gay?) But the modal victim was a non breeding woman, and outside of childbirth women would have outlived men then too.
Sorry for the crassness of the above, I guess my point is that Christian male oppression then, as now, tends to view women as worthwhile only insofar as they are vessels for men’s children.
I recently watched Steve McQueen’s dramatization of that strike, Hunger. Excellent, and very much enhanced by McQueen’s artist-eye.
I’ve never seen that… I’ll have to check it out…
Brilliant. What a great film. The physical committment that Fassbinder brought to the role (not the emaciation, I think he was exasperated by people continually banging on about that, but the beatings while naked were terrifying), Ends Walsh’s script which trusted the audience to be intelligent, and when I heard the Turner prize winning artist McQueen was making his feature debut with this I knew it was perfect. His art background really showed in his shot selection (starting with the screw soaking his fists and showing the horror of being a screw and checking your car for bombs in the morning before having a day break in between beating naked prisoners senseless. Or the scene where he keeps a relentless shot on the guy brushing the piss down the corridor and collecting it all to brush under the door of Sands’ cell).
Great film. I’m a big McQueen fan.
Speaking of McQueen and history, I imagine you’ve seen his Small Axe series? Astounding!
Not all, but I will. Lovers rock is my favourite film of the last year. Riveting and immersive.
Currently listening to Brixton: flames on the frontline curated by Big Narstie sitting in the warm evening sun with a glass of wine before dinner (and it’s a public holiday weekend because of Mayday). BBC sounds app if you’re interested. I know you like a bit of reggae, lovers rock, etc.
Thanks, you two! Small Axe is now on my watch list.