Berkoff described Sink the Belgrano! At its best, this kind of theatre is so powerful, so visceral, that it forces audiences to react: either they feel like fleeing the building or they are suddenly convinced that it is the best thing they have ever seen and want all their friends to see it too. It is the kind of theatre that inspires us to use superlatives, whether in praise or condemnation. Berkoff has stated that he accepts roles in Hollywood only to subsidise his theatre work, and that he regards many of the films in which he has appeared as lacking artistic merit. Berkoff was the main character voice in Expelling The Demon , a short animation with music by Nick Cave. He has a cameo in the film The Cottage.
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As an actor, he is best known for his performances in villainous roles, such as Lt. His family was of a Romanian-Russian-Jewish background. Berkoff later added back the "off" to his own name, and went by his middle name. In , Berkoff won Berkoff v. Burchill, a libel civil action that he brought against Sunday Times journalist Julie Burchill after she published comments suggesting that he was "hideously ugly".
In a January interview with The Jewish Chronicle, in which he discussed anti-Israel sentiment in the aftermath of the Gaza War, he said: There is an in-built dislike of Jews. Overt antisemitism goes against the British sense of fair play. It has to be covert and civilised. So certain playwrights and actors on the left wing make themselves out to be stricken with conscience.
Zionism is the act of seeking sanctuary after years and years of unspeakable outrages against Jews. Interviewer Simon Round noted that Berkoff was also keen to express his view that right-wing Israeli politicians, such as Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, were "wretched".
You are perfectly entitled occasionally even to touch the great prophet of British culture, Shakespeare, as long as you keep your Jewishness well zipped up. Berkoff went on to say of the Talmud in the same article: "As Jews, we are so incredibly lucky to have the Talmud, to have a way of re-interpreting the Torah.
So we no longer cut off hands, and slay animals, and stone women. It grips me throughout the journey. As well as an actor, Berkoff is a noted playwright and theatre director, with a unique style of writing and performance.
In the s and s, he wrote a series of verse plays including East , Greek and Decadence , followed by West , Sink the Belgrano! Berkoff described Sink the Belgrano! At its best, this kind of theatre is so powerful, so visceral, that it forces audiences to react: either they feel like fleeing the building or they are suddenly convinced that it is the best thing they have ever seen and want all their friends to see it too.
It is the kind of theatre that inspires us to use superlatives, whether in praise or condemnation. In a interview with guest presenter Emily Maitlis on The Andrew Marr Show, Berkoff stated that he found it "flattering" to play evil characters, saying that the best actors assumed villainous roles.
Berkoff has stated that he accepts roles in Hollywood only to subsidise his theatre work, and that he regards many of the films in which he has appeared as lacking artistic merit. Berkoff also appeared in the Hammer film Prehistoric Women, the film McVicar, and the Australian biographical film Flynn.
Berkoff was the main character voice in Expelling The Demon , a short animation with music by Nick Cave. He has a cameo in the film The Cottage. Another credit is the independent film, Moving Target.
In , he both appeared in and directed the film version of his verse play Decadence. Filmed in Luxembourg, it co-stars Joan Collins. Berkoff appears as himself in the "Science" episode of the British current affairs satire Brass Eye , warning against the dangers of the fictional environmental disaster "Heavy Electricity". With Andy Serkis and others, he provides motion capture and voice performance for the PlayStation 3 game Heavenly Sword, as one of the main villains: General Flying Fox.
Critical assessment According to Annette Pankratz, in her Modern Drama review of Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-Performance by Robert Cross: "Steven Berkoff is one of the major minor contemporary dramatists in Britain and — due to his self-fashioning as a bad boy of British theatre and the ensuing attention of the media — a phenomenon in his own right.
Having a place like this sowed the seeds of the man I think I am today. A place like this is the first step in changing the life of a person. All over the UK, the performing arts links people with a shared humanity as a way to open the doors to the mysteries of life. We should never underestimate the power of the theatre. It educates, informs, enlightens and humanises us all.
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