Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane (1976)


In Sebastiane (1976), British writers/directors Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress created a remarkably authentic historical film, and a landmark of gay cinema, about the martyred fourth century Roman soldier, who was later both canonized as Saint Sebastian and revered as an enduring gay icon. The film strikingly balances a cinéma vérité depiction of the everyday life of common soldiers, in a remote desert outpost of the Roman Empire, and a visionary exploration of one man’s defiant growth in faith, even as it subtly questions the nature of that experience. Continue reading