INCLUDES CLIPS FROM 17 DEREK JARMAN FILMS
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton personally conducts an intimate cinematic commemoration of the life, times, and work of UK filmmaker, artist, and renegade Derek Jarman in Derek. Isaac Julien s (Young Soul Rebels, Looking for Langston) documentary blends together vintage clips from Jarman s groundbreaking experimental theatrical works and 8mm films, never-before-seen footage from the sets of his Queer Cinema milestone Sebastiane and punk film landmark Jubilee, and revealing interview footage shot shortly before Jarman s death in 1994. In his own words and the words of those who knew him best, Derek reveals Jarman s religion-scarred beginnings and his ascent in the vibrant UK counterculture of the 60s and the London punk scene of the 70s. Also covered, his eight film collaboration with muse, companion and collaborator Tilda Swinton, the influential music videos made with The Smiths and The Pet Shop Boys, and Jarman s contributions to a British art scene he helped to redefine. Both a heartbreaking and giddily alive biopic and an accomplished homage (Art Forum), Isaac Julien s Derek is a joyful requiem celebrating Derek Jarman s life, vision and legacy with the same maverick energy and affectionate creativity that made its subject one of the most important artistic mirrors of his time.
- An Introduction by Producer Colin MacCabe
- The Extended Derek Jarman Interview (1991, UK, 69 minutes)