Derek Jarman

  • Derek Jarman – Imagining October (1984)

    Derek Jarman1981-1990ExperimentalUnited KingdomVideo Art
    Imagining October (1984)
    Imagining October (1984)

    Produced for the 1984 London Film Festival, Derek Jarman’s Imagining October is a dreamlike meditation on art and politics in the final years of the Cold War. In this film Jarman explores art and politics in the final years of the Cold War, drawing connections between pre-Perestroika Russia and Thatcherite Britain. The title refers to the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda film October: Ten Days That Shook the World 1928.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – The Garden (1990)

    1981-1990ArthouseDerek JarmanExperimentalQueer Cinema(s)United Kingdom

    A powerful experience which delves into territories of madness and transcendence, The Garden is a statement about director Derek Jarman’s anger over the AIDS crisis. Produced by James Mackay (Blue, The Kingdom of Shadows), it is an intellectual, thought-provoking, and visually imagination experience that fans of the filmmaker won’t want to miss. A must-see gem.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – Stolen Apples for Karen Blixen (1973)

    1971-1980Derek JarmanExperimentalShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    Stolen Apples for Karen Blixen is a three-minute black and white film which begins with a portrait of Karen Blixen taken from a photograph.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – The Art of Mirrors (1973)

    1971-1980Derek JarmanExperimentalShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    The Art of Mirrors is an abstract film made in 1973 by director, Derek Jarman. The film, shot in super 8 features figures moving in the foreground and background of an empty space holding mirrors which occasionally flash in the lens of the camera. The images portrayed in the film are reminiscent of Jarman`s Abstract Landscape paintings of the same period. In his diary Jarman wrote of this film, `this is only something that could only be done on a Super 8 camera, with it`s built in meters and effects.` The film`s title was reworked in the script for `Dr Dee The Art Of Mirrors and The Summoning Of Angels` in 1975.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – Ashden’s Walk on Møn (1973)

    1971-1980Derek JarmanExperimentalShort FilmUnited Kingdom

    Jarman quietly back in Kenneth Anger-mode with all the expected superimpositions and coloured gels in slow motion.
    Set on the island of Mon off the coast of Denmark and Death Dance – Jarman’s rendition of a Dance Macabre.
    A film in two parts: first in black-and-white we trek through a forest, down some steep wooden steps to the bottom of a cliff face; a photo of a star nebula is superimposed over the whole; secondly in colour is a series of still views of a green landscape peppered with small mounds.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – War Requiem (1989)

    1981-1990ArthouseDerek JarmanExperimentalUnited Kingdom

    War Requiem is a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s musical piece of the same name.

    It was shot in 1988 by the British film director Derek Jarman with the 1963 recording as the soundtrack, produced by Don Boyd and financed by the BBC. Decca Records required that the 1963 recording be heard on its own, with no overlaid soundtrack or other sound effects. The film featured Nathaniel Parker as Wilfred Owen, and Laurence Olivier in his last acting appearance in any medium before his death in July 1989. The film is structured as the reminiscences of Olivier’s character, the Old Soldier in a wheelchair, and Olivier recites “Strange Meeting” in the film’s prologue.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – Glitterbug (1994)

    1991-2000ArthouseDerek JarmanExperimentalQueer Cinema(s)United Kingdom

    Maverick British gay director Derek Jarman’s last film is a wordless compilation of his home movies from 1970 — six years before his debut feature “Sebastiane” — to 1986, set to a Brian Eno score. Footage ranges from casual snippets of home life to behind-the-scenes set footage, along with appearances from famous friends like William S. Burroughs and the Sex Pistols. As the years progress, the spread of AIDS begins to decimate Jarman’s social circle.Read More »

  • Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane (1976)

    1971-1980ArthouseCultDerek JarmanPaul Humfress and Derek JarmanQueer Cinema(s)United Kingdom

    Filmed entirely in vulgar Latin, this experimental film recounts the life of Sebastiane, a puritanical but beautiful Christian soldier in the Roman Imperial troops who is martyred when he refuses the homosexual advances of his pagan captain. When this film was released, it was the only English-made film to have required English subtitles, and it is an early film by the noted experimental and outspokenly homosexual director Derek Jarman, who died in 1994.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – A Journey to Avebury (1971)

    1951-1960Derek JarmanExperimentalQueer Cinema(s)Short FilmUnited Kingdom

    Journey to Avebury beautifully reflects Derek Jarman’s fascination with ancient history, paganism, and Celtic traditions.

    An IMDB review:
    Derek Jarman is often said to be a painter rather than a movie director. Indeed, with his films he makes pictures that seem to be more important than the plot (which is usually unclear or missing at all). But those pieces of art he creates using camera are beautiful and astounding.Read More »

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