The White Crow (2019) with Q&A
Directed by Ralph Fiennes, and starring Ukranian ballet dancing Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev, this screening of The White Crow is followed by a special Q&A from The Regal Cinema’s very own bookkeeper Sue Ruth (then Sue Parker) who, being a former Royal Ballet dancer, can tell you what Nuyerev himself was like, first-hand. Sue danced professionally for 12 years with the likes of Nureyev and other legendary ballet dancers.
The White Crow begins with Rudolf Nureyev, a young man of just 22 on an airplane from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of legend, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling for the first time outside the Soviet Union.
The film follows Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s life and defection to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in 1961.
From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad and his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, ‘The White Crow’ is the true story of the incredible journey undertaken by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
“Ralph Fiennes brings poise to ballet biopic” – The Guardian
“Fiennes combines the thriller elements with poetic flashbacks to Nureyev’s childhood ” – The Independent