THE GARDENS OF DEREK JARMAN

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A kaleidoscopic waking dream, powerful, angry, dazzling, in which Tilda Swinton also appears. A short film about the artist's famous garden will also be shown at the cinema evening in the presence of Jarman's producer and friend James Mackay.

DUNGENESS
GB 2021 | Basilisk Communications | short film | 15 min | English OV

Derek Jarman's garden around his "Prospect Cottage", an old fisherman's cottage that he renovated and filled with art on the English coast.

THE GARDEN

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MQ Arena 21

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GB 1989 | D: Derek Jarman | Feature film | 95 min | OV with English Subtitles
With: Tilda Swinton, Roger Cook, Spencer Leigh, Kevin Collins a.o.

Director & shooting concept: Derek Jarman
Camera: Christopher Hughes
Editing: Peter Cartwright
Music: Simon Fisher-Turner

Derek Jarman works in his garden in Dungeness. He is surrounded by a barren coastal landscape, with a huge nuclear power station in the background. Images of flowers, gravel, the sea and the sky. Episodes of a Passion story follow: a pair of lovers, two men, are arrested. The Twelve Apostles appear as old women sitting at a table and playing glass music. A Madonna is harassed by masked paparazzi, Judas advertises for credit cards. An angry, sorrowful and at the same time dazzling production about homophobia and the radically conservative politics of church and state.

Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 - 19 February 1994) was an artist, filmmaker and gay rights activist. He studied art at King's College, London and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He began experimenting with Super 8mm film in the 1970s. He made his feature-length film "Sebastiane" (1976) and reached a wider audience with "Jubilee" (1978). With "Caravaggio" (1886), which was shown at the Berlinale and in which the actress Tilda Swinton was seen for the first time, he achieved an international breakthrough and was honoured with the "Silver Bear". Jarman continued his Super 8mm experiments and continued to shoot music videos for The Smiths, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, Patti Smith and others from the 1970s onwards. With feature-length films such as "The Angelic Conversation" (1985), "The Last of England" (1987), "The Garden" (1990) and "Blue" (1993), Derek Jarman achieved an undisputed place in film history. He also wrote books such as "Modern Nature" (1991) and "At your Own Risk" (1992), worked as a set designer in the theatre and devoted himself to his painting.