Derek Jarman

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

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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 »

  • Derek Jarman – Jubilee (1978)


    Punks hail Britannia in their own peculiar way in this little-seen gem by the late queer auteur

    Jubilee (1978), Britain’s only decent punk film, still isn’t respected at home as much as it should be, and it remains pretty obscure everywhere else. Instead, we had to wait for Trainspotting (1996) to represent some sort of renaissance in “cool” British cinema. Yet, even though it is almost 20 years older, Jubilee makes Trainspotting’s self-congratulatory, CD tie-in antics look like a polite Edinburgh garden party.Read More »

  • Derek Jarman – Blue (1993)

    Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman’s experiences with AIDS, both literally and allegorically, together with an exploration of the meanings associated with the colour blue.Read More »

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