This Spring/Summer Richard will be on the Programming Committees of a couple of exciting events-
The Portobello Live! Music and Performance Festival in London’s Notting Hill,
on Sunday May 1st and Monday May 2nd
The Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, London. Sunday June 12th
The Art Car Boot Fair, Hastings. Opposite The Jerwood Art Gallery Space. Saturday July 16th
Latest news on the William Burroughs Film
The WILLIAM BURROUGHS/DOCTORS OF MADNESS FILM
A few stills from the film
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott sings with The Doctors of Madness
Bjork and Peter Docherty’s favourite poet Jeremy Reed
David Coulter and Seb Rochford
Richard Durden as William Burroughs in the
Richard Strange/Gavin Bryar’s cantata
LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE
It’s time to start editing the film of LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE the William Burroughs event I curated at Queen Elizabteh Hall, London to commemorate the writer’s centenary. With director/writer/producer Neville Farmer and editor David Lewis now onboard, I have two extraordinarily gifted and experienced film people…our editor David Lewis was the long time go-to editor for the late Derek Jarman and Neville has worked extensively in both TV and music.
I was lucky enough to work with Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull and Robert Wilson on the stage musical The Black Rider a couple of years back, in London, Los Angeles, Sydney and San Francisco, and this film is a companion piece to that wonderful experience. As an actor I have worked with directors as diverse as Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, Harmony Korine and Sally Potter, and my 1970s band Doctors of Madness has been cited by artists from The Sex Pistols and Simple Minds to Spiritualized and Julian Cope as being a huge influence. I have also been invited to curate art evnts for The Tate Gallery and The International Festival of Live Art…So you will understand that I am here for the long haul!
I am very excited and inspired by the wonderful contributions I had to LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE –my collaborators included Gavin Bryars, Gavin Turk, Sarah Jane Morris, Rupert Thomson, Luca Silvestrini, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Doctors of Madness, Seb Rochford, Kate St John, Anni Hogan, David Coulter, Terry Edwards, Jeremy Reed and Ginger Light, Bill Nelson, Haroon Mirza, Raf and O, Lloyd Owen, Jamie Lynne Griffiths and many many others.
An interview to give you some background to the event can be found here:
We need some money, (not a ridiculous amount…less than $10,000, some of which I already have in place), to complete the project to broadcast and cinema release standard. All the filming is done, and the footage looks amazing. It is just an editing job from here.
We are hoping the finished film will be offered to TV Arts programmers, Cinema and theatre release as well as DVD.
If you are able to help, please get in touch here
We can offer credits/deals/rewards etc.