The Cinema Museum, London

Ken Russell: Mahler introduced by Robert Powell and Georgina Hale

Fri 25 Aug 2017 @ 19:00 · Events


Over five days in August (Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th) The Cinema Museum will be celebrating the life and work of a visionary genius – a groundbreaking pioneer in TV and film making – the flamboyant, unconventional, controversial, and one of the last great British romantics, Ken Russell.

Ken’s work includes biopics, horror, musicals, documentaries and thrillers, and during this exciting event we will be showing a selection of his most celebrated movies, TV films and rare shorts.

A screening of Mahler (1974) will be followed by an interview with the stars of the film, Robert Powell and Georgina Hale, conducted by Brian Sibley.

Russell tells the life story of the great romantic composer as a series of flashbacks, as Gustav (Powell) and Alma (Hale) discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Robert Powell had already made his name on television in Doomwatch (1970) and Jude the Obscure (1971) when Ken Russell cast him as Gustav Mahler. He also appeared as Captain Walker at the beginning of Tommy (1975). He then went on to win world-wide acclaim in the title role of Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977).

Georgina Hale featured in The Devils (1971) and The Boyfriend (1971) before landing the role of Alma Mahler. She has enjoyed a busy career in film and television, notably playing Tabatha Bag in a series of children’s stories (1990-2).

Doors open at 18.00, for a 19.00 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Tickets in advance £14 (£13 concessions), on the door £15 (£14 concessions). Or get a season ticket – entry to all five Ken Russell events – £60 (£55 concessions).

Advance tickets may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.