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2 items from 2011


Ian Rickson: Sex, lies and Pinter

15 June 2011 3:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

His Jerusalem is a Broadway hit – now director Ian Rickson is back with a star-studded Betrayal. He talks to Andrew Dickson about his debt to Pinter, coaching Pj Harvey – and why he's finally ready for Shakespeare

Never let it be said that Ian Rickson lacks range. This week, the director opens a new production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas; it turns out that he has also found time to direct Pj Harvey's current tour. "We talked about staging and lighting, should she talk between songs, things like that," he explains, before adding, not wanting to take too much credit: "Director in inverted commas."

I'm not sure he needs the rider. In the four years since Rickson stepped down as artistic director of the Royal Court, there seems to be little he hasn't turned his hand to. His farewell production there, The Seagull, was the first »

- Andrew Dickson

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The Homecoming – Philip French's classic DVD

8 January 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Hall, 1973, 12, Fremantle

A combination of the original 1965 RSC casts at the Aldwych and on Broadway (Paul Rogers, Ian Holm, Cyril Cusack, Vivien Merchant, Michael Jayston, Terence Rigby), of what many regard as Harold Pinter's finest play, are reunited with Peter Hall under the auspices of the American Film Theatre. This is the definitive record of Pinter's tragicomedy of territorial imperatives. The dark family secrets of a menacing, all-male, north London household are revealed when the academic white sheep of a working-class, crime-related family brings his seductive wife from the States to meet his misogynistic father, uncle and brothers. John Bury's stage sets are beautifully lit by ace cinematographer David Watkin and it's Hall's finest work for the cinema. Also in the double-disc set is an informative, unpretentious documentary assembled by Philip Saville, in which a variety of friends and fellow actors, including Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Sheila Hancock and Michael Caine, »

- Philip French

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