Director Ken Russell has described himself as so unbankable that he’s resorted to shooting films in his own garage.
The 73-year-old helmer of “Women in Love” and “Altered States” used £20,000 ($29,000) of his own cash to finance his latest opus, an eight-part gothic horror series titled “The Fall of the Louse of Usher.”
A self-parodic bloodbath featuring topless nuns and including Russell himself as the mad Dr. Calahari, the 10-minute segs are geared toward eventual sale to a short-film Netcaster. No deal is yet set.
“Louse” was shot in the garage of Russell’s Hampshire home with a crew consisting largely of family members. Son Alex is a technician, and daughter Victoria is in charge of costumes, most of which are from charity thrift shops.
“People probably think I’m dead. They certainly don’t come knocking on my door,” Russell told producers of a recent Brit documentary on his career. “I’m no longer miffed — I suppose I’m past that.”