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A Clockwork Orange with Gillian Hills

May 5, 2022


Episode 53 : A Clockwork Orange with Gillian Hills

Gillian Hills is an actress, singer, songwriter, poet, artist and Illustrator, she really is the definition of the term Renaissance Woman.

Born in Egypt, Gillian spent her early years in France, where she was discovered at the tender age of 14 by Roger Vadim, the director of And God Created Woman and Barbarella. Vadim described her as the next Brigitte Bardot and cast her in his version of Dangerous Liaisons, released in 1959.

In 1960, at 15, Gillian was cast in the lead of the British film Beat Girl with co-stars Adam Faith, Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed.

That same year, Gillian recorded her first records with Henri Salvador, for the French record label Barclay, and In 1961, she appeared at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on the bill with Johnny HallydaySerge Gainsbourg wrote his first duet for Hills, which they sang together on French TV in 1963. She was soon signed up to the AZ record label and continued to record her self-penned songs as well as cover versions of the latest pop songs.

Then another string of films followed, appearing in Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film, the classic 1966 BlowupThe film version of John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence (1968), The Owl Service (1969), a television adaptation of the Alan Garner novel, Georges Franju's La Faute de l'abbé Mouret, and she replaced Marianne Faithfull in the 1972 horror Demons of the Mind for Hammer Film Productions.

Gillian then moved to New York and enjoyed a successful career as a book and magazine illustrator. In recent years her music has been featured in the film “Mesrine Part One: Killer Instinct” with Vincent Cassel, the Season 5 premiere of Mad Men in 2012, and The Queen’s Gambit in 2020 …and she has just released her new self-penned album, Lili, which reflects on her early years aged between 11 and 19.

But, this is Kubrick’s Universe, and so we must tell you that Gillian also appeared in A Clockwork Orange, as one of the two young ladies that Alex picks up at the record store… so come with uncle, and hear all proper, hear angel trumpets and devil trombones… YOU ARE INVITED!

Production Credits :

Hosted by Jason Furlong /  Written by Stephen Rigg and Jason Furlong / Original music written and performed by Jason Furlong / Produced and edited by Stephen Rigg.

Music :

The Immediate Pleasure by John Barry

The William Tell Overture by Rossini

Spécialisation by Gillian Hills and Eddie Constantine

Zou Bisou Bisou by Gillian Hills

NeferTiti by Gillian Hills

The Off Beat by John Barry

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Gillian Hills Website : http://gillianhills.com/ipad/

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