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A British Picture: An Autobiography

'I owe my autobiography to all the people who denigrate me or don't understand me. Maybe they'll understand me even less.
But I think it'll contain some sort of truth about me that isn't contained in crude assessments. It's about somebody who doesn't, on the face of it, seem to political, too committed, or press his working class background. I can't be fitted into any of those pigeonholes. My autobiography's a dismissal of all that crap. It's a picture of imagery and bizarre happening and fun and contradiction and crazy dialogue. It's a montage, it's an event, but it's not conventional'.

Ken Russell

  • Pub Date:
  • Extent:
  • 320pp
  • Format:
  • Binding:
  • Paperback
  • Price:
  • £
  • ISBN13:
  • 978-1-904915-32-4
  • Territory:
  • UK & Commonwealth
  • Market restrictions:
  • BIC Code:
  • BGFA
  • Market:
  • Film autobiography
  • Report Code:
  • NP

    The updated autobiography of Britain’s most controversial film director, the maker of Women in Love, The Devils, The Music Lovers, Tommy and The Rainbow, is as unconventional and brilliant as his best films.

    Moving with astonishing assurance through time and space, Russell recreates his life in a series of interconnected episodes – his thirties childhood in Southampton, his first sexual experience (watching Disney’s Pinocchio), his schooldays at the Nautical College, Pangbourne, early careers in the Merchant Marine and the Royal Air Force, dancing days at the Shepherds Bush Ballet Club and of course his career as a film-maker, beginning with an extraordinary interview with Huw Weldon for a job on Monitor.

    Full of marvellously funny anecdotes and fascinating insights into the realities of the film director's life, A British Picture is a remarkable autobiography.


    Features and articles are now scheduled as follows:
    The Guardian - double page interview
    The Observer Magazine - double page interview
    The Sunday Times - interview
    BBC Breakfast TV - 9th September 9.05AM
    BBC Radio Five Live - Simon Mayo Show
    BBC Four - Mark Lawson Interview
    Classic FM Magazine - feature
    Waterstones - Signing, West Quay, Southampton, September 13th, 1pm - 2pm