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Sebastiane -- Stripped of rank and exiled to a remote Sardinian outpost, Roman soldier and suspected Christian Sebastian (Leonardo Treviglio) becomes the object of his commanding officer Maximus' (Barney James) aggressive desire. As Sebastian turns his back on his fellow soldiers in favor of his own visionary mystical longings, the sun-bleached Mediterranean idyll becomes a psycho-sexual hothouse where predatory desire and religious longing set the stage for a shocking tableau of death and martyrdom.
Derek Jarman's SEBASTIANE caused a riot when it premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, and was a surprise hit upon its initial release in the UK. Available for the first time on DVD and video, SEBASTIANE is both a milestone in British independent film and a pioneering work of modern queer cinema.

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16 October 2008 (Germany) See more »
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Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Leonardo Treviglio ... Sebastian (as Leonard Treviglio)
Barney James ... Severus
Neil Kennedy ... Max
Richard Warwick ... Justin
Donald Dunham ... Claudius
Ken Hicks ... Adrian
Janusz Romanov ... Anthony
Steffano Massari ... Marius
Daevid Finbar ... Julian
Gerald Incandela ... Leopard Boy
Robert Medley ... Emperor Diocletian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Barnes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Rufus Barnes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Nell Campbell ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Sally Campbell ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Graham Cracker ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Michael Davis ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Nicholas de Jongh ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Joan de Vere Hunt ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Duggie Fields ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Guy Ford ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Peter Hinwood ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Christopher Hobbs ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Jordan ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Lindsay Kemp ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gerlinde Kostiff ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Michael Kostiff ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Ulla Larson-Styles ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Andrew Logan ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Luciana Martínez ... Roman Matron (uncredited)
Alasdair McGaw ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)

Patricia Quinn ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Eric Roberts ... Executioner (uncredited)
Norman Rosenthal ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Johnny Rozsa ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Philip Sayer ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
John Scarlett-Davies ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Rae Spencer-Cullen ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Volker Stokes ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Thilo von Watzdorf ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Harald Waistnage ... Emperor's guest (uncredited)
Kevin Whitney ... Court Painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Humfress 
Derek Jarman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Humfress 
Derek Jarman 
Jack Welch  latin translation
James Whaley 

Produced by
Howard Malin .... producer
James Whaley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Middleton 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Humfress 
 
Production Design by
Derek Jarman (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Ford .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jose Aquon .... titles
Daniel Egan .... props
Christopher Hobbs .... illustrations
Barney Wan .... titles
 
Sound Department
Mike Billing .... dubbing mixer
John Hayes .... sound recordist
Hugh Smith .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Incandela .... still photographer
Bob McShane .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Colin Gittens .... assistant editor
Ian Murdoch .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Andrew Thomas Wilson .... composer: dance music
 
Other crew
Jane Fields .... location executive
Lindsay Kemp .... dance choreographer
Lindsay Kemp .... dance performer (as Lindsay Kemp and Troupe)
Luciana Martínez .... location executive
 
Thanks
Ian Kierney .... special thanks
Andrew Logan .... special thanks
Robert Medley .... special thanks
Ferdinando Scarfiotti .... special thanks
Louise Walker .... special thanks
 

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86 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Filmed in Sardinia, near the town of Buggerru.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The soldiers play with a modern Frisbee in one scene. When one soldier catches it, the logo appears.See more »
Quotes:
Severus:So you're still a Christian?
Sebastian:Yes.
Severus:Then remove my armor.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Arena: Glitterbug" (1994)See more »

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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Odd film, not for the conservative audience, 15 April 2004
Author: (Stephan-Edwards) from Boulder, Colorado

"Sebastiane" is fairly unique in film history, at least prior to Gibson's "The Passion," for its exclusive (and historically correct) use of Latin. That said, it was also a ground-breaker for its sensitive and frank depiction of homosexual desire in a film intended for the non-pornographic market. Potential viewers should be aware that the same-sex sexual content is quite explicit, and that the film would have an NC-17 rating if released in the US today. The film was shot entirely on location in (if I recall correctly) North Africa, and the arid, nearly tree-less landscape lends itself to the storyline quite well. Costuming is minimal, limited to loincloths, helmets, greaves, and gauntlets. The acting is somewhat stiff, probably the result of speaking a "dead" language. But without question, if you are a fan of Derek Jarman and his work, this is a film that should not be missed, if you can find it. I have never seen it on any seller's lists in the US. My own tape of it was obtained in Europe.

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