About Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman (1942–1994) was one of the most unique British
artists of the second half of the twentieth century. That he is now
best remembered as either a challenging filmmaker or an
innovative gardener attests to the striking range of his
achievements. Jarman was also an accomplished painter,
acclaimed set designer for theatre and film, brilliant writer of
memoir, and fierce activist for gay rights. Born in Northwood,
Middlesex, he was a boarder at Canford School in Dorset, before
studying at University of London, first at King’s College London
(a general degree in English, Art History and History) and then
the Slade School of Fine Arts at University College London
(specializing in theatre design). His academic and artistic interests
were always close and when at King’s, he designed sets for
student performances, produced covers for the student magazine,
and continued to paint regularly and exhibit his work. Also at
King’s, his immersion in medieval and Renaissance literature
and history, among other subjects, helped shape the intellectual
interests that he would pursue throughout his career across
different media.

After leaving the Slade, Jarman was taken seriously as an up-and-
coming young artist to watch. His paintings were purchased for
national collections and he was commissioned to design sets at
Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House, among other
important cultural institutions. His designs for The Royal Ballet’s
Jazz Calendar (1968), choreographed by Frederick Ashton, were
particularly well received, and he went on to design for film,
opera, theatre and live performance throughout his career,
if not frequently.

In the 1970s, Jarman lived along the river Thames, in a number of
different warehouse studios at Upper Ground, Bankside and
finally Butler’s Wharf. Jarman and a few friends, including the
sculptor Peter Logan, were among the first artists to begin to
settle on the South Bank, which, by the end of the decade, had
become an important creative area for artists of all kinds. It was
in these warehouses that Jarman made a breakthrough in his own
artistic practice and development, when he began to produce
Super 8 films using an inexpensive, hand-held camera, most often
working collaboratively with friends and fellow artists. For
Jarman, the Super 8s allowed him to ‘paint’ but in and through
a different medium and technology. The large number of films
he shot over the next 10–15 years constitute an enormously
significant part of his œuvre, demonstrating his ever-increasing
sophistication at layering image, sound and text in provocative
and beautiful ways. His proximity to the river was clearly key,
and the image of water, with its continual movement and
reflection, remained a significant symbolic image, particularly
in his film work.

Jarman’s first two feature films – Sebastiane (1976) and Jubliee
(1978) – demonstrate the range of Jarman’s imagination and
interests. Sebastiane is a deeply homoerotic reimagining of the life
and death of the martyr Saint Sebastian, a figure with a
particular prominence in the history of queer male iconography,
with all dialogue in Latin; Jubliee is a modern-day, punk-aesthetic
fable about the decline of imperial Britain, in which characters
from the Renaissance past – John Dee, Ariel, Queen Elizabeth I –
find themselves in the midst of a brutal, chaotic contemporary
London. This kind of engagement with Britain’s past was
common in his feature films, as we see in his visually stunning and
often radical visions of Shakespeare, in The Tempest (1979), in his
film of the sonnets, The Angelic Conversation (1985), and in his
version of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (1991). He achieved
a certain amount of success in film festivals and even with the broad
‘art house’ public, but his work was never conventional and he
always remained outside the mainstream of the British film
industry, further outside than many other contemporary artist-
filmmakers, which brought with it both certain freedoms and
many frustrations.

Jarman’s work frequently suggests an autobiographical
investment, perhaps particularly so after 1986 when he learned
that he was HIV+. An always outspoken and often lone public
voice in championing gay rights, he became ever more publically
engaged with queer politics during the premiership of Margaret
Thatcher. ‘I wouldn’t wish the eighties on anyone,’ Jarman writes
in the memoir about gay sexuality, At Your Own Risk (1992) and
‘it was the time when all that was rotten bubbled to the surface.’
His life increasingly becomes a subject in his films, though in non-
linear and often symbolic ways, as in the angry The Last of
England
(1987) or The Garden (1989), his most autobiographical
film which acknowledges the importance to him, imaginatively
and otherwise, of his cottage at Dungeness on the coast of Kent.
His final and arguably most remarkable and personal film, Blue
(1993), is also his most formally simple: a blue screen, with no
images, and an extended poetic meditation about living with HIV,
with a haunting soundtrack by long-time collaborator, Simon
Fisher Turner.

Words were as important to Jarman as images and he was forever
writing in all sorts of notebooks and sketchbooks. His notebooks
are full of references to writers whose work influenced him – the
Metaphysical poets, Shakespeare, William Blake, Alan Ginsburg,
among many others. A poem by John Donne adorns one outdoor
wall of his cottage at Dungeness, making his ‘home’ a kind of text
in telling ways. He also took great pleasure in the mechanics of
writing – its paper and ink – and wrote in an elegant, almost
calligraphic style. His published works, which include poetry,
memoir/diaries, autobiography, unrealized scripts and other
genre-bending works, offer us important insights to his thinking
and to his queer life as an artist over a number of decades. Much
of his later writings provide boldly honest accounts of what it is
like to live with HIV-related illnesses – to lose one’s sight, for
example. Jarman’s body of literary work – most of which remains
in print – complements his film work, and the two should be read
alongside one another, giving us a compelling vision of an artist
working across disciplines.

When Jarman died of AIDS-related causes in 1994, he left behind
him a rich and varied body of work that now, twenty years later,
we are beginning to reappraise in its totality. Jarman2014 provides
new readers and viewers the opportunity to engage for the first
time, and it allows those already familiar with his work to re-
engage once more with this most British, queer and original
of artists.

Mark W. Turner

Filmography

Electric Fairy, c.1970, 16 mm

Studio Bankside, 1970–72,
Super 8, col. and b/w

The Siren and the Sailor, 1972
(aka At Low Tide), Super 8, col.

I’m Ready For My Close Up, 1972 (aka Miss 
Gaby Gets it Together or All Our Yesterdays),
Super 8, col.

Andrew Logan Kisses the Glitterati, 1973, 
Super 8, col.

Andrew, 1973, Super 8, col.

Red Movie, 1973 (aka Tourist Film), Super 8, col. shot through red filter

Stolen Apples for Karen Blixen, 1973, Super 8, b/w

Gerald Plants a Flower, 1973,
Super 8

Gerald Takes a Photo, 1973,
Super 8

Tarot, 1973 (aka The Magician), Super 8, col.

Garden of Luxor, 1973 (aka A Garden in Luxor), Super 8, col.

Kevin Whitney, 1973, Super 8, col.

The Art of Mirrors, 1973,
Super 8, col.

Beyond the Valley of the Garden of Luxor Revisited, 1973, Super 8, col.

Burning of Pyramids, 1973,
Super 8, col.

Death Dance, 1973, Super 8, col.

Arabia, 1973, Super 8, col. and b/w

Green Glass Bead Game, 1973, Super 8, col.

Sulphur, 1973, Super 8, col.

A Journey to Avebury, 1973,
Super 8, col.

Ashden’s Walk on Møn, 1973, (aka Walk on Mon or Space Travel, A Walk with Mon), Super 8, col.

Shad Thames, 1973, Super 8, b/w

Café in Tooley Street, 1973,
Super 8, col.

Miss World, 1973, Super 8,
b/w and shot through pink filter

Fred Aston Fashion Show, 1974, Super 8, col.

Bill Gibb Show, 1974, Super 8, col.

Duggie Fields at Home, 1974
(aka Duggie Fields), Super 8, col.

Picnic at Ray’s, 1974 (aka Picnic at Rae’s or Lunch 
at Rae’s),
Super 8, col.

Herbert in NYC, 1974 (aka New York Walk Don’t Walk), Super 8, col.

New York City, 1974 (aka NYC),
Super 8, b/w

Dinner and Diner, 1974, Super 8, b/w.

The Devils at the Elgin, 1974 (aka Reworking the Devils),
Super 8, b/w

Fire Island, 1974, Super 8, col.

My Very Beautiful Movie, 1974, Super 8, col.

The Kingdom of Outremer, 1974, Super 8, col.

In the Shadow of the Sun, 1974/1980, 50 min., Super 8 blown up to 16 mm in 1980, col.

Sloane Square: A Room of One’s Own, 1974–76, 
(aka Removal Party), Super 8, col.

Corfe Film, 1975 (aka Troubadour Film), 
Super 8, col.

Ken Hicks, 1975, Super 8, col.

Sebastian Wrap, 1975 (aka Sebastiane Mirror 
Film or Mirrors or A Break from Sebastiane), 
Super 8 blown up to 16 mm in 1981, col.

Karl at Home, 1975, Super 8, b/w

Gerald’s Film, 1975, Super 8, col.

The Sex Pistols in Concert, 1976, Super 8, b/w,

Ula’s Fête, 1976
(aka Ula’s Chandelier)

Houston Texas, 1976, Super 8, col.

The Sea of Storms, 1976 (aka Kingdom) Super 8, b/w

Sebastiane, 1976, 16 mm blown up to 35 mm, col.

Jordan’s Dance, 1977, Super 8, col., sections included in Jubilee

Jordan’s Jubilee Mask, 1977 (aka Jean-Marc Makes 
a Mask), Super 8, b/w

Art and the Pose, 1977 (aka Arty the Pose), Super 8, b/w, later blown up to 16 mm and included in 
The Dream Machine, 1986

Every Woman for Herself and All for Art, 1978, Super 8, b/w, blown up to 16 mm in 1981

The Fountain, 1978, Super 8, col.

The Pantheon, 1978, Super 8, col.

Italian Street Scene, 1978, Super 8, col.

Italian Ruins, 1978, Super 8, col.

Jubilee, 1978, 35 mm, col.

Broken English: Three Songs by Marianne Faithfull, 1979, 12 min., Super 8 and 16 mm blown up to 35 mm, col. and b/w, includes ‘Witches Song’, ‘The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’, and ‘Broken English’

The Tempest, 1979, 35 mm, col.

Throbbing Gristle, T.G.: Psychic Rally in Heaven, 1981, 8min., Super 8 blown up to 16 mm, col.

Jordan’s Wedding, 1981,
Super 8, col.

Rake’s Progress, 1982, Super 8, col.

Pontormo and Punks at Santa Croce, 1982, 
Super 8, col.

B2 Movie, 1982, Super 8 transferred to video, 
col. and b/w

Waiting for Waiting for Godot, 1982, Super 8 
and video,
col. and b/w

Pirate Tape, 1982, Super 8 later transferred to 
video and 16 mm

Ken’s First Film, 1982, Super 8, col.

Diese Machine ist Mein Antihumanistiches 
Kunstwerk, 1982, Super 8, b/w

Home Movie Dong, 1983 (aka The Dong with 
the Luminous Nose), unfinished Super 8 with

John Maybury

Barcelona Man, 1984, Super 8,
col. and b/w

Oxford Medley Show, 1984, Super 8, col.

Imagining October, 1984, Super 8 and video blown up to 16 mm,
col. and b/w

The Angelic Conversation, 1985 (released 1987), 35 mm, col. and b/w

Short sequence for ‘Action Against Aids’ gala 
performance of Walter Reynolds’s Young England 
at the Adelphi Theatre, 18 June 1986, Super 8

The Queen Is Dead: A Film by Derek Jarman, 1986, Super 8 edited onto video and blown up to 35 mm, col. and b/w, includes ‘The Queen is Dead’, ‘There is a Light that Never Goes Out’ and ‘Panic’

The Dream Machine, 1986, video, col.

Caravaggio, 1986, 35 mm, col.

‘Depuis le Jour’, segment in Aria, 1987, Super 8 
and 35 mm, col. and b/w

L’Ispirazione, 1988, (sequence) Super 8 edited 
on video and blown up to 35 mm, col.

The Last of England, 1987, 35 mm and Super 8, col. and b/w

War Requiem, 1989, 35 mm, col. and b/w

Highlights: Pet Shop Boys on Tour, 1990

The Garden, 1990, 35 mm and Super 8, col. 
and b/w

Edward II, 1991, 35 mm, col.

Projections, 1993, video, col. and b/w

Wittgenstein, 1993, 35 mm, col.

Blue, 1993, 35 mm, col.

Glitterbug, 1994, Arena special drawn from 
Super 8 mm films shot between 1971 and 1988, blown up to 35 mm, col. and b/w

Music Videos

The Lords of the New Church, ‘Dance with Me’, 1983, video, col.

Wang Chung, ‘Dance Hall Days’, 1983, video, col.

Carmel, ‘Willow Weep for Me’, 1984, 16 mm, col.

Language, ‘Touch the Radio “Dance”’, 1984, video, col.

Billy Hyena, ‘Wide Boy Awake’, 1984, 16 mm, col.

Jordi Vallis, ‘Catalan’, 1984, 16 mm, col.

Orange Juice, ‘What Presence?’, 1984, 
16 mm, col.

Marc Almond, ‘Tenderness is a Weakness’, 1984, video, 16 mm col.

Bryan Ferry, ‘Windswept’, 1985, 16 mm, col.

Untitled promotional film for Matt Fretton, 1986, Super 8

The Smiths, ‘Ask’, 1986, Super 8, col.

Easterhouse, ‘Whistling in the Dark’, 1986, Super 8, col. and b/w

Easterhouse, ‘1969’, 1986, Super 8, col. and b/w

The Mighty Lemon Drops, ‘Out of Hand’, 1987, Super 8 and 16 mm, col.

Bob Geldof, ‘I Cry Too’, 1987, Super 8 and 8 mm video, col.

Bob Geldof, ‘In the Pouring Rain’, 1987, Super 8 and 8 mm video, col.

Pet Shop Boys, ‘It’s a Sin’, 1987, 35 mm and 
Super 8, col.

Pet Shop Boys, ‘Rent’, 1987,
35 mm and Super 8, col. and b/w

Backdrops for Pet Shop Boys Concert, 1989, eight short films made as backdrop projections for the 1989 Pet Shop Boys Tour, Super 8 and 16 mm blown up to 70mm, col. and b/w, includes 
‘Opportunities’, ‘Heart’, ‘Paninaro’, ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’, ‘It’s a Sin’, ‘Domino 
Dancing’, ‘King’s Cross’, and ‘Always on 
my Mind’

Patti Smith, ‘Little Emerald Bird’, 1993, Super 8, col.

Suede, ‘The Next Life’, 1993,
Super 8, col.


Filmography taken from
Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks,
Edited by Stephen Farthing
and Ed Webb-Ingall
(Thames & Hudson, 2013)

Bibliography

A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, Bettiscombe Press, Dorset, 1972. Collection of 32 poems. Designed by John Miles. Illustrated.

Dancing Ledge, Quartet Books, London, 1984. Edited by Shaun Allen. Illustrated.

Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, Thames & Hudson, London, 1986. With special photography by Gerald Incandela.

The Last of England, Constable, London, 1987. Edited by David L. Hirst. Illustrated.

War Requiem, Faber & Faber, London, 1989. Introduction by Don Boyd. Photographs by David Bramley.

Modern Nature: the Journals of Derek Jarman, Century, London, 1991. Illustrated.

Queer Edward II, BFI Publishing, London, 1991.Written by Derek Jarman, Stephen McBride, Ken Butler & Tilda Swinton. Edited by Keith Collins & Malcolm Sutherland. Slogans by Greg Taylor. Slogan design by Derek Westwood. Photographs by Liam Longman & Jacqueline Lucas-Palmer. Designed by Malcolm Sutherland.

At Your Own Risk: A Saint’s Testament, Hutchinson, London, 1992. Edited by Michael Christie. Illustrated.

Wittgenstein: The Terry Eagleton Script, The Derek Jarman Film, BFI Publishing, London, 1993. Preface by Colin MacCabe. Introduction to Wittgenstein & Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Terry Eagleton Script by Terry Eagleton. This is Not a Film of Ludwig Wittgenstein by Derek Jarman. Wittgenstein: The Derek Jarman Film by Derek Jarman & Ken Butler. Photographs by Howard Sooley.

Blue: Text of a film by Derek Jarman, Channel 4 Television & BBC Radio 3, London, 1993. (Published in America by Overlook Press, in Turkey by Nisan Yayinlari & in a special limited edition by Richard Salmon.)

Chroma: A Book of Colour - June ‘93, Century, London, 1994.

Derek Jarman’s Garden, Thames & Hudson, London, 1995. With photographs by Howard Sooley.

Up in the Air: Collected Film Scripts, Vintage, London, 1996. Introduction by Michael O ‘Pray.

Smiling in Slow Motion, Century, London, 2000.


With thanks to Tony Peake for assistance with compiling.

Derek jarman photo

Derek Jarman, photo © Ray Dean

About Jarman2014


Jarman2014 is a year-long celebration of the life and work of Derek Jarman (1942–1994). Artist and queer activist, filmmaker and set designer, writer and memoirist, painter and poet – Jarman’s extraordinary body of work was at the forefront of creative practice for three decades. With a range of exhibitions, screenings and retrospectives, readings, commissions and other events at a variety of London’s most significant cultural institutions, Jarman2014 revisits the artist and his work, twenty years after his death from AIDS-related causes.

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Listings

Films
Exhibitions
Talks
Conferences
7.06.14
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Coach trips to Prospect Cottage

Prospect Cottage 7.06.14 – 8.06.14
Join us on a rare chance to visit Derek Jarman's former residence, Prospect Cottage, where he lived in the latter stages of his life. Famous for the sculpture garden which Derek built on the shingle shoreline, this is an opportunity to venture inside the cottage.
Web caravaggio

A range of Derek Jarman’s films, digitally restored and remastered, are available from the BFI

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Derek Jarman’s Garden with photographs by Howard Sooley, available from Thames & Hudson

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Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks, by Stephen Farthing & Ed Webb-Ingall (Thames & Hudson, 2013)

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A facsimile edition of Jarman's sole, early, extremely rare poetry book, originally published in 1972.

Web angelic

A range of Derek Jarman’s films, digitally restored and remastered, are available from the BFI

Web web sketchbooks copy

A selection of books on Derek Jarman are available from Thames & Hudson

Web tony peake

Authorised biography of Derek Jarman - film director, painter, gay activist, writer, gardener.

Event Archive

6.04.14
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Derek Jarman: Blue

Tate Modern 28.10.13 – 6.04.14
A free screening of Derek Jarman's Blue within the collection display galleries at Tate Modern. Level 4: Structure & Clarity, Room 8
31.03.14
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Film London Jarman Award Shorts Online

BFI Player 7.02.14 – 31.03.14
The BFI Player presents a selection of films commissioned for Channel 4 as part of the Film London Jarman Award to view online, programmed as part of the BFI's current Derek Jarman season.
30.03.14
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Oxford Literary Festival

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 30.03.14 2:00pm
Will Gompertz will be in discussion with Stephen Farthing and Ed Webb-Ingall, co-editors of 'Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks', and this will be followed by a showing of Jarman's 'Glitterbug', introduced by James Mackay.
30.03.14
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Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman film season

BFI Southbank 1.02.14 – 30.03.14
The largest season of Jarman’s film work ever mounted in the UK focuses on his interest in alchemy and the occult in part one (February) and on New Queer Cinema in part two (March). The season includes film screenings, introductions and discussions.
30.03.14
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Derek Jarman: Strange Magick

Mezzanine, BFI Southbank 23.01.14 – 30.03.14
An exhibition of Jarman’s sketchbooks and papers, drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive, looking at Jarman’s fascination with alchemy, myth and religion.
16.03.14
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Black Paintings

TKM Bispegata, Trondheim, Norway 25.01.14 – 16.03.14
Derek Jarman started out as an artist, and returned to painting towards the end of his life. In Dungeness, Kent, Jarman produced his Black Paintings, all on canvas and gold ground. They express not only his despair over the aids infection, but also carry reflections on religion and human existence.
15.03.14
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Almost Bliss: Notes on Derek Jarman’s Blue

CHELSEA space 29.01.14 – 15.03.14
This blue-lit installation centres on a group of Jarman’s hand painted and carefully written notebooks, giving a visual insight into the artist’s creative thinking towards his seminal late film work, Blue.
9.03.14
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Derek Jarman: Pandemonium

Cultural Institute at King's, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing 23.01.14 – 9.03.14
An immersive exhibition that explores Derek Jarman's multi-faceted work as painter, filmmaker, set designer, diarist, poet, gardener, activist, collaborator and one of King’s College London’s most significant alumni artists.
6.03.14
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Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks

Waterstones, Piccadilly 6.03.14 7:00pm
A panel of guests, including Stephen Farthing, Ed Webb-Ingall and Ginny Liggitt, discuss Derek Jarman's hand-made working sketchbooks and how they have been 'translated' into a beautifully published form.
6.03.14
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The Last of England

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's College London 6.03.14 7:00pm
A screening of Jarman's award-winning film starring Tilda Swinton. This screening is part of the Iain Sinclair 70x70 season, celebrating Sinclair's 70th birthday with 70 handpicked films that relate to his work.
28.02.14
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Derek Jarman: Memories and the Archive

Bill Douglas Museum 28.02.14 12:00pm
Symposium with Jarman producers James Mackay & Don Boyd. With talks by Nathalie Morris (BFI), Phil Wickham (BDC), papers (Pascale Aebischer, Felicity Gee, Brian Hoyle), screenings of “War Requiem” and Kimpton-Nye’s “The Gospel According to Saint Derek.”
28.02.14
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Marlowe 450 anniversary: Jarman’s EDWARD II

St Nicholas Church, Deptford 28.02.14 8:00pm
To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the playwright Christopher Marlowe’s birth, a screening of Derek Jarman's adaptation of EDWARD II inside the church where Marlowe is buried.
27.02.14
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Caravaggio

BFI Southbank 27.02.14 8:30pm
Hugely significant to Jarman, his biopic of the Italian Baroque painter, with whom he strongly identified, was developed over many years.
26.02.14
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Caravaggio

BFI Southbank 26.02.14 6:20pm
Hugely significant to Jarman, his biopic of the Italian Baroque painter, with whom he strongly identified, was developed over many years.
26.02.14
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Talk
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Sebastiane + discussion

Duke of Yorks Picturehouse 26.02.14 8:30pm
Join One+One Filmmakers Journal and Eyes Wide Open for this special screening of Derek Jarman's Sebastiane, plus two short rarely seen Super8s. The screening will be followed by a discussion that will include James Mackay - long-time Jarman collaborator.
25.02.14
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The Derek Jarman Archives

BFI Southbank 25.02.14 6:10pm
Join us for an evening exploring the beautiful and rich collection of papers, designs and sketchbooks held by the BFI, giving unique insight into Jarman's inspirations, artistic vision and working methods.
25.02.14
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Caravaggio

BFI Southbank 25.02.14 8:45pm
Jarman's biopic of the Italian Baroque painter, with whom he strongly identified. We look forward to welcoming Dexter Fletcher for a Q&A.
24.02.14
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The Angelic Conversation

BFI Southbank 24.02.14 6:00pm
Jarman’s mystical transfiguration of the English landscape is also a beautifully poetic ode to gay love.Followed by The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal: Jazz Calendar.
24.02.14
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Jarman on the Thames

BFI Southbank 24.02.14 6:30pm
Mark Turner - curator of King's Cultural Institute's Derek Jarman: Pandemonium - examines the relationship between Jarman's life, his work and a shifting and gentrifying London, with the river as a focal point.
23.02.14
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Aria

BFI Southbank 23.02.14 8:20pm
By turns eccentric, playful and provocative, this journey through auteurist art cinema as it was in 1987 features original contributions from the likes of Godard and Roeg.
23.02.14
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The Angelic Conversation

BFI Southbank 23.02.14 8:40pm
Jarman’s mystical transfiguration of the English landscape is also a beautifully poetic ode to gay love. Followed by The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal: Jazz Calendar.
22.02.14
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Caravaggio

Sainsbury Wing Theatre 22.02.14 2:30pm
Introduced by Christopher Hobbs, Caravaggio’s Production Designer and personal friend of Derek Jarman. Digitally restored by the BFI Jarman’s biopic of the Italian Baroque painter was developed over many years.
22.02.14
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The Tempest

BFI Southbank 22.02.14 8:40pm
Darkly laden with heavily symbolic imagery, Jarman’s feature is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen.
21.02.14
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Jubilee

BFI Southbank 21.02.14 6:20pm
Jarman’s provocative account of the punk movement is both prophetic and apocalypticWe look forward to welcoming Jenny Runacre for a Q&A after this screening.
21.02.14
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Aria

BFI Southbank 21.02.14 8:45pm
By turns eccentric, playful and provocative, this journey through auteurist art cinema as it was in 1987 features original contributions from the likes of Godard. Followed by Q+A with Don Boyd.
20.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 20.02.14 5:50pm
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
19.02.14
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A Finger in the Fishes Mouth Book Launch

London Review Bookshop 19.02.14 7:00pm
Readings from Derek’s only poetry collection, unavailable for 40 years, now facsimile reprinted by Test Centre; with Keith Collins, Tony Peake, Ali Smith and Sophie Mayer; hosted by Gareth Evans.
19.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 19.02.14 9:00pm
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
17.02.14
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In the Tradition of Magick: the Cinema of Derek Jarman

BFI Southbank 17.02.14 6:30pm
William Fowler - curator of the BFI's season - explores how Jarman reimagined cinema as an occult technology, highlighting its capacity to cjallenge reality and present the world in a different light.
17.02.14
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Occult Technology: Cinemas of Divination

BFI Southbank 17.02.14 8:40pm
Bold, transgressive, hypnotic experimental films that, made in the tradition of magick, call out to our subconscious.
16.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 16.02.14 5:45pm
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
16.02.14
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The Tempest

BFI Southbank 16.02.14 8:40pm
Darkly laden with heavily symbolic imagery, Jarman’s feature is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen.
15.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 15.02.14 8:30am
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
14.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 14.02.14 5:50am
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
14.02.14
Conference
Conference

Derek Jarman: Almost Bliss

Banqueting Suite Hall, Chelsea College of Arts. 14.02.14 11:00am
A day of talks, performances and screenings that relate to the work of Derek Jarman. Working with specialists, friends and fellow artists the day will examine the space produced by Jarman’s work.
13.02.14
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Derek Jarman: Sites and Spaces

G07 Pearson Building UCL (am) and G04 Wates House UCL (pm) 13.02.14 10:00am
UCL commemorates the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman's death with a study day focused on the spaces of his life and work - featuring talks, readings, installations and screenings.
13.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 13.02.14 6:40pm
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
12.02.14
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The Tempest

BFI Southbank 12.02.14 6:15pm
Darkly laden with heavily symbolic imagery, Jarman’s feature is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen; after screening we welcome Toyah Willcox for a Q&A.
12.02.14
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Sebastiane

BFI Southbank 12.02.14 8:45pm
Sebastiane is Jarman and Humfress’s controversial, sexualised retelling of the fourth century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.
9.02.14
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Savage Messiah

BFI Southbank 9.02.14 5:50pm
Although less well known than The Devils, the second Ken Russell movie for which Jarman provided art direction is no minor picture. Introduced by Sam Ashby of Little Joe Magazine.
9.02.14
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Jubilee

BFI Southbank 9.02.14 8:40pm
Jarman’s provocative account of the punk movement is both prophetic and apocalyptic.
7.02.14
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In the Shadow of the Sun

BFI Southbank 7.02.14 8:40pm
Pulsing fire, stunning landscapes and enigmatic stone circles are ritualistically interwoven in this intense, mythic, semi-psychedelic evocation of pre-Christian spirituality.
6.02.14
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Savage Messiah

BFI Southbank 6.02.14 8:40pm
Although less well known than The Devils, the second Ken Russell movie for which Jarman provided art direction is no minor picture.
5.02.14
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Derek Jarman Season Introduction

BFI Southbank 5.02.14 6:30pm
We open our two-month celebration of Derek Jarman’s life and films. We look forward to welcoming filmmakers James Mackay, John Maybury and Richard Heslop to discuss their collaborations with Jarman in conversation with season curator William Fowler. Tickets £6
1.02.14
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Conference
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Conference

Early Modern Jarman

Anatomy Museum, King’s College London 1.02.14 9:00am
This academic conference focuses on Jarman's adaptations of early modern texts and his deployment of historical figures and images in relation to Punk and the avant-garde, national identity, politics and activism, sexuality/gender/desire, HIV/AIDS, trauma and illness.
31.01.14
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The Gospel According to St Derek

Anatomy Museum, King's College London 31.01.14 5:00pm
Andy Kimpton-Nye presents the premiere of The Gospel According to St Derek. Using interviews with close family, friends and collaborators the documentary bears witness to Derek Jarman’s unique approach as a low-budget, independent film-maker.
31.01.14
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Remembering Derek

Chapel, King’s College London, Strand 31.01.14 6:00pm
To inaugurate his screening of THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION in King’s College London's Chapel, Neil Bartlett talks to art historian and activist Simon Watney about the art of queer memory.
31.01.14
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The Angelic Conversation

Chapel, King's College London, Strand 31.01.14 7:00pm
On the night of Jarman’s birthday, a continuous 24-hour screening of his most haunting film, in an installation created by Neil Bartlett.
13.01.14
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ParadJarman: Last Films of the Living: Ashik Kerib and Blue

Horse Hospital 13.01.14 7:00pm
Marking visionary artist Sergei Paradjanov’s birth (9.1.1924; d.1990), his remarkable last feature Ashik Kerib shows with kindred spirit’s Jarman's final work Blue. + Readings. Thanks James Mackay, Artificial Eye.
27.11.13

Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks

By Thames & Hudson 22.10.13 – 27.11.13
Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks, Ed Stephen Farthing and Ed Webb-Ingall. ‘A skilfully curated compendium, in which newspaper cuttings, lines from screenplays, production notes and pressed flowers are juxtaposed with a playfulness that evokes the energy of Jarman’s best work’ –New Statesman

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