In July 2017 I had the pleasure and surprise of seeing Gavin Irvine's film SEBASTIAN (again) in a double bill with my husband's TOMMY at the Kingston University London's gala screening, for an audience of international scholars and filmmakers attending the Ken Russell Conference: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy. Sebastian the parrot (in his medieval setting in a nun's cell) looks more at home in THE DEVILS than in TOMMY. He opens his beak and spontaneously channels sacred hymns and texts. Tommy, in Russell's film, opens his mouth and sings songs of wonder after a lifetime of muteness. The real miracle is that Ken Russell himself personally marked out young filmmaker Gavin Irvine for success 12 years before, when he presented him with IFSW's Finest Film Award for Screenwriting, having mentored Gavin through the prestigious International Film School, Wales. The double screening in Kingston was a reunion of sorts for the late Ken Russell and Irvine. Ken would have been elated to see the film he chose for the award have an immortal life in waking up an ever-wider audience to the mischief and joy of accomplished and original filmmaking. SEBASTIAN's daring and humorously visualized themes of magic, pedagogy, loneliness and the Pope were dear to Ken; as written, directed and edited by talented and personable filmmaker Gavin Irvine.