The Cinema Museum, London

Ken Russell: The Debussy Film introduced by Melvyn Bragg

Wed 23 Aug 2017 @ 19:30 · Events

The Debussy FilmOver 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.

Melvyn Bragg will talk about Ken Russell’s films for BBC’s Monitor programme, followed by a screening of The Debussy Film (1965), the penultimate of these films, co-scripted by Russell and Bragg.

Melvyn Bragg had a long-standing association with Ken, not only working on the scripts for Monitor programmes Always on Sunday (1965) and The Debussy Film, but also the script of The Music Lovers (1970), and later commissioning films from Ken for The South Bank Show, including Vaughn Williams: A Symphonic Portrait (1984), Ken Russell’s ABC of British Music (1988) and The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (1992).

Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 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.

Melvyn Bragg