The Boy Friend + Intro

Film critic Mark Kermode and actor/model Twiggy pay tribute to director Ken Russell, who died in November 2011, at a special screening of his musical spectacular from 1971, The Boy Friend.

Kermode, who knew Russell for 20 years and describes him as one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, expresses his admiration for the director's The Devils (1971), finally released on BFI DVD in 2012. Twiggy, the star of The Boy Friend, remembers meeting Russell in the late 1960s, and reads out a quotation from the director: "I don't mind if people love my films or if they hate them - as long as they don't go and make a cup of tea in the middle of them."


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