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Portrait

1977

Portrait

Photo by David King

What do Rudolf Nureyev, Ian McKellen, Norman St John Stevas, and David Hockney have in common?  According to the Sunday Telegraph Magazine article of 6 November 1977 What Makes Men Attractive?: in the case of these four men, they are unobtainable!

1977

What do Rudolf Nureyev, Ian McKellen, Norman St John Stevas, and David Hockney have in common? According to the Sunday Telegraph Magazine article of 6 November 1977 What Makes Men Attractive?: in the case of these four men, they are unobtainable!

Face

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

Face

Doll Common (Susan Dury) and Face (Ian McKellen)

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

Doll Common (Susan Dury) and Face (Ian McKellen)

Photo by Reg Wilson/Royal Shakespeare Company

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

Face (Ian McKellen) and Subtle (John Woodvine) in the lab

1977 THE ALCHEMIST

Face (Ian McKellen) and Subtle (John Woodvine) in the lab

Photo by Morris Newcombe

John Wood (Ivanov) rehearsing with Ian McKellen (Alexander)

1977 EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR

John Wood (Ivanov) rehearsing with Ian McKellen (Alexander)

Ian McKellen (Karsten Bernick) with Judi Dench (Lona Hassell)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Ian McKellen (Karsten Bernick) with Judi Dench (Lona Hassell)

Photo by Morris Newcombe

Bernick (Ian McKellen) and Lona (Judi Dench)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Bernick (Ian McKellen) and Lona (Judi Dench)

Bernick (Ian McKellen) and Lona (Judi Dench)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Bernick (Ian McKellen) and Lona (Judi Dench)

Lona (Judi Dench) and Bernick (Ian McKellen)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Lona (Judi Dench) and Bernick (Ian McKellen)

Griffith Jones (Vigeland), Ivan Beavis (Rummell), Ian McKellen (Karsten Bernick), and Leon Tanner (Sandstad)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Griffith Jones (Vigeland), Ivan Beavis (Rummell), Ian McKellen (Karsten Bernick), and Leon Tanner (Sandstad)

1977 PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Belch and Aguecheek

1978 TWELFTH NIGHT

Belch and Aguecheek

Photo by Frank Herrman

Belch (Ian McKellen) and Malvolio (Bob Peck)

1978 TWELFTH NIGHT

Belch (Ian McKellen) and Malvolio (Bob Peck)

Aguecheek (Roger Rees) and Belch (Ian McKellen)

1978 TWELFTH NIGHT

Aguecheek (Roger Rees) and Belch (Ian McKellen)

Susan Tracy, Roger Rees, Alec Wallis, Ian McKellen, Edward Petherbridge

1978 IS THERE HONEY STILL FOR TEA?

Susan Tracy, Roger Rees, Alec Wallis, Ian McKellen, Edward Petherbridge

Addressing students while on tour

1978 THREE SISTERS

Addressing students while on tour

Gladys McKellen (step-mother), Ian McKellen (having just received C.B.E.) and Jean Jones (sister) outside Buckingham Palace, October 1979

1979

Gladys McKellen (step-mother), Ian McKellen (having just received C.B.E.) and Jean Jones (sister) outside Buckingham Palace, October 1979

Photo by Westminster Press Limited

Portrait

1979

Portrait

Photo by Nobby Clark

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst)

1979 BENT (1979)

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst)

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) meeting in Dachau

1979 BENT (1979)

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) meeting in Dachau

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) making love without touching

1979 BENT (1979)

Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) making love without touching

Photo by John Haynes

1979 BENT (1979)

Marquee of the Royal Court Theatre

1979 BENT (1979)

Marquee of the Royal Court Theatre

Ian McKellen and Tom Bell

1979 BENT (1979)

Ian McKellen and Tom Bell

24 July 1979: Cast of Bent (Ian McKellen centre left, next to Tom Bell) march in Piccadilly Circus with representatives of other West End shows against Value Added Tax on theatre tickets. At the end of the march, Ian addressed a rally from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

1979 BENT (1979)

24 July 1979: Cast of Bent (Ian McKellen centre left, next to Tom Bell) march in Piccadilly Circus with representatives of other West End shows against Value Added Tax on theatre tickets. At the end of the march, Ian addressed a rally from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

Photo by Donald Cooper

Uncle Freddie (Richard Gale) and Max (Ian McKellen

1979 BENT (1979)

Uncle Freddie (Richard Gale) and Max (Ian McKellen

Max (Ian McKellen) and Horst (Tom Bell)

1979 BENT (1979)

Max (Ian McKellen) and Horst (Tom Bell)

D. H. Lawrence, pen in hand.

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

D. H. Lawrence, pen in hand.

Janet Suzman (Frieda Lawrence)  and  Ian McKellen (D H Lawrence)

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Janet Suzman (Frieda Lawrence) and Ian McKellen (D H Lawrence)

Ian McKellen (D H Lawrence) orating on the steps of the temple at Monte Alba, just outside Oaxaca, Mexico

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Ian McKellen (D H Lawrence) orating on the steps of the temple at Monte Alba, just outside Oaxaca, Mexico

<em>My room with a view.  I had been looking forward to filming in Florence — we were housed a little outside the old city!</em>

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

My room with a view. I had been looking forward to filming in Florence — we were housed a little outside the old city!

In front of a copy of  Michelangelos David at the Uffizi, Firenze. (The real ones inside.)

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

In front of a copy of Michelangelos David at the Uffizi, Firenze. (The real ones inside.)

L to R: Marizio Meru, Penelope Keith, Janet Suzman, Stanley Seger, Christopher Miles, Ian McKellen, Andrew Donnally, Ava Gardner, Jorge Riveras
<BR><BR><em>The steam-train had been brought out of retirement and, for this publicity shot, re-named</em>

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

L to R: Marizio Meru, Penelope Keith, Janet Suzman, Stanley Seger, Christopher Miles, Ian McKellen, Andrew Donnally, Ava Gardner, Jorge Riveras

The steam-train had been brought out of retirement and, for this publicity shot, re-named

Lawrence sailing near Lake Guarda in northern Italy
<BR><BR><em>Two game extras enlivened the scene - signing autographs is the director' title ="Lawrence sailing near Lake Guarda in northern Italy

Two game extras enlivened the scene - signing autographs is the director's sister Sarah Miles, accompanied by my lover the non-speaking Sean Mathias
1979
PRIEST OF LOVE " />

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence sailing near Lake Guarda in northern Italy

Two game extras enlivened the scene - signing autographs is the director's sister Sarah Miles, accompanied by my lover the non-speaking Sean Mathias

Riding with amanuensis  Brett (Penelope Keith) on a painting expedition.
<BR><BR><em>Lawrence was a considerable amateur painter — </em>Priest of Love<em> opened with the banning of a London exhibition of his oils, on the grounds of obscenity.
Acting on horseback is not easy — the animal is so resolutely itself, unabashed by the camera' title ="Riding with amanuensis Brett (Penelope Keith) on a painting expedition.

Lawrence was a considerable amateur painter — Priest of Love opened with the banning of a London exhibition of his oils, on the grounds of obscenity. Acting on horseback is not easy — the animal is so resolutely itself, unabashed by the camera's attention, whilst the rider has to be in control, yet relaxed enough to remain in character. I had learnt to ride safely when I was initially cast as Ned Kelly for Tony Richardson's film about the Australian outlaw. Mick Jagger eventually played the part.
1979
PRIEST OF LOVE " />

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Riding with amanuensis Brett (Penelope Keith) on a painting expedition.

Lawrence was a considerable amateur painter — Priest of Love opened with the banning of a London exhibition of his oils, on the grounds of obscenity. Acting on horseback is not easy — the animal is so resolutely itself, unabashed by the camera's attention, whilst the rider has to be in control, yet relaxed enough to remain in character. I had learnt to ride safely when I was initially cast as Ned Kelly for Tony Richardson's film about the Australian outlaw. Mick Jagger eventually played the part.

The Lawrences
Such effects take a long time to set up and this one was so complicated it could only be filmed once by the three cameras shooting simultaneously. Janet and I were to sit up in bed and on cue react to the quake's rumble as cracks appeared in the wall. Under the bed stage-hands shook its frame as plaster and debris fell from the mock ceiling. At last this one-off shot was ready for action — everything went according to plan until the last moment when I had to leap from the bed to safety. As I pulled back the bedclothes they revealed my lighter, the gold packet of 20 Benson and Hedges cigarettes and my half-finished crossword in the previous morning's copy of the London Times newspaper!' title ="The Lawrences' bed-time disturbed by a Mexican earthquake

Such effects take a long time to set up and this one was so complicated it could only be filmed once by the three cameras shooting simultaneously. Janet and I were to sit up in bed and on cue react to the quake's rumble as cracks appeared in the wall. Under the bed stage-hands shook its frame as plaster and debris fell from the mock ceiling. At last this one-off shot was ready for action — everything went according to plan until the last moment when I had to leap from the bed to safety. As I pulled back the bedclothes they revealed my lighter, the gold packet of 20 Benson and Hedges cigarettes and my half-finished crossword in the previous morning's copy of the London Times newspaper!
1979
PRIEST OF LOVE " />

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

The Lawrences' bed-time disturbed by a Mexican earthquake

Such effects take a long time to set up and this one was so complicated it could only be filmed once by the three cameras shooting simultaneously. Janet and I were to sit up in bed and on cue react to the quake's rumble as cracks appeared in the wall. Under the bed stage-hands shook its frame as plaster and debris fell from the mock ceiling. At last this one-off shot was ready for action — everything went according to plan until the last moment when I had to leap from the bed to safety. As I pulled back the bedclothes they revealed my lighter, the gold packet of 20 Benson and Hedges cigarettes and my half-finished crossword in the previous morning's copy of the London Times newspaper!

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) trying to write as his wife (Janet Suzman) distracts him
<BR><BR><em>Janet, married to my university friend, Trevor Nunn, worked with him at the Royal Shakespeare Company with distinction. She adopted the appropriate German accent but none of the padding needed to match Frieda' title ="Lawrence (Ian McKellen) trying to write as his wife (Janet Suzman) distracts him

Janet, married to my university friend, Trevor Nunn, worked with him at the Royal Shakespeare Company with distinction. She adopted the appropriate German accent but none of the padding needed to match Frieda's ample figure.
1979
PRIEST OF LOVE " />

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) trying to write as his wife (Janet Suzman) distracts him

Janet, married to my university friend, Trevor Nunn, worked with him at the Royal Shakespeare Company with distinction. She adopted the appropriate German accent but none of the padding needed to match Frieda's ample figure.

Lawrence sight-seeing in Mexico
<BR><BR><em>The splendid panama hat was typical of the care of our costume designer, Anthony Powell.  Before each shot he checked my clothes, particularly around my face when in close-up.  He taught me that the brim of a hat should always be parallel with the ground, if it was to look good from all angles.  The temptation is to push hats back off the forehead, which may reveal the face nicely but looks sloppy from the side.</em>

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence sight-seeing in Mexico

The splendid panama hat was typical of the care of our costume designer, Anthony Powell. Before each shot he checked my clothes, particularly around my face when in close-up. He taught me that the brim of a hat should always be parallel with the ground, if it was to look good from all angles. The temptation is to push hats back off the forehead, which may reveal the face nicely but looks sloppy from the side.

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) off to bed
<BR><BR><em>This scene showed me candlelit moving round the marital bed — in shadow I displayed the first erection ever seen in a mainstream movie.  This was achieved with a dildo and a great deal of sticking-plaster.</em>

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) off to bed

This scene showed me candlelit moving round the marital bed — in shadow I displayed the first erection ever seen in a mainstream movie. This was achieved with a dildo and a great deal of sticking-plaster.

Frieda and D. H. Lawrence journeying to New Mexico
<BR><BR><em>My hair was dyed auburn, like Lawrence' title ="Frieda and D. H. Lawrence journeying to New Mexico

My hair was dyed auburn, like Lawrence's own. My moustache and beard were augmented by some false hair around the chin.
1979
PRIEST OF LOVE " />

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Frieda and D. H. Lawrence journeying to New Mexico

My hair was dyed auburn, like Lawrence's own. My moustache and beard were augmented by some false hair around the chin.

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) and Brett (Penelope Keith) on a painting expedition.

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) and Brett (Penelope Keith) on a painting expedition.

Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith, Janet Suzman, Jorge Riveras

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith, Janet Suzman, Jorge Riveras

Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) and Brett (Penelope Keith)

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Lawrence (Ian McKellen) and Brett (Penelope Keith)

D. H. Lawrence (Ian McKellen)

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

D. H. Lawrence (Ian McKellen)

Ava Gardner, Ian McKellen, Penelope Keith

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Ava Gardner, Ian McKellen, Penelope Keith

Ian McKellen as D. H. Lawrence

1979 PRIEST OF LOVE

Ian McKellen as D. H. Lawrence

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