Monday, October 1, 2012

Book launch tonight for RAISING HELL: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils

ECW Press and TINARS are proud to present the launch of Richard Crouse's new book RAISING HELL: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils! (ECW Press, October 2012)

Some people have yet to recover from seeing Ken Russell’s infamous film The Devils. Considering it was released in 1971, that’s saying something.

Russell was determined to put his own spin on a real-life case of mass hysteria (and supposed demonic possession) that took place amongst a group of Ursuline nuns in 17th century France. His efforts enraged censors and led the film to be banned numerous countries. To this day, The Devils remains a highly controversial cinematic work.

So what was it about The Devils that so fascinated acclaimed film critic Richard Crouse to the point where he needed to write a whole book about it?

Find out on Monday, October 1, when Crouse is joined by CTV News correspondent and former Canada AM co-host Seamus O’Regan to talk about what it took to uncover the story behind of the most scandalous films made by one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

Haven’t seen The Devils? Don’t worry. The launch includes a special screening of select scenes.

This event could help corrupt a whole new generation. Who doesn’t want to be part of that?

Monday, October 1, Doors at 7:00, starts at 7:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College Street
Admission: $5 or FREE with book purchase

Publisher contact: Jenna Illies,, 416-694-3348 ext. 154
Event contact: Liz Worth,

About the author:
Richard Crouse is the regular film critic for CTV’s Canada AM and the 24-hour news source, CTV’s News Channel. In 2011 he hosted In Short, a series of eight hour long shows showcasing BravoFact’s best short films. He was the host of Reel to Real, Canada’s longest running television show about movies, from 1998 to 2008, and is a frequent guest on many national Canadian radio and television shows. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, Entertainment Extra, originates on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history including Who Wrote the Book of Love, the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, its sequel The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. He also writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper.

About ECW Press:
Publishers Weekly recognized ECW Press as one of the most diversified independent publishers in North America. Their list includes poetry and fiction, pop-culture and political analysis, sports books, biography, and travel guides. For more information visit

THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works. For more information visit

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