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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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300 A.D. : the Roman Sebastianus is exiled to a remote outpost populated exclusively by men. Weakened by their desires... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Barney James ... Severus
Neil Kennedy ... Maximus
Leonardo Treviglio ... Sebastiane
Richard Warwick ... Justin
Donald Dunham ... Claudius
Daevid Finbar ... Julian
Ken Hicks ... Adrian
Lindsay Kemp ... Dancer
Steffano Massari ... Marius
Janusz Romanov ... Anthony
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Hinwood ... Emperor's guest
Gerald Incandela ... Leopard Boy
Jordan ... Emperor's guest
Robert Medley ... Emperor Diocletian
Philip Sayer ... Emperor's guest
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)
Christopher Hobbs ... Emperor's guest (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)
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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For added realism, the script was taken to a classics scholar, who translated the script's erotic language into common Latin.See more »
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Anachronisms: The soldiers play with a modern Frisbee in one scene. When one soldier catches it, the logo appears.See more »
Quotes:
Justin:You are marvellous and dance like a god.
Sebastiane:Not like a god, Justin, but for God.
Justin:Severus understands your dance?
Sebastiane:Yes, he understands.
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Comparisons, 20 January 2005
Author: aarmese2004 from Vancouver, Canada

Remember seeing this film on the big screen in an art film house in Ottawa while I was a student in Visual Arts two decades ago. Absolutely loved it and have pretty clear recollection of most of it, it's amazing! I was a bit blinded by some of the homo-erotic content and had no idea that Jarman would go on to make a number of art-house films, many also dealing with homosexual texts such as Carravagio, a painter I absolutely love as well as Edward the Second, film version of Christopher Marlowe's play of the fay king of England. The acting in Sebastiane may seem stilted but that also might be due to the fact that many of the actors were amateurs; the Latin for me also lent an aura of authenticity since I studied Latin in high-school for five years. The historical accuracy of the life of Sebastian, the saint, was more correct than most of the hagiographies of his life. The settings were perfect, the depictions quite accurate, the drunken scenes were real because they really were drunk. The hand held quality of the film was a pioneering method of filming that also lends to the realism of the period. All in all a wonderfully creative, even innovative, stylised film that I remind to those who enjoy auteur and art-house plus homo-erotic movies. The sound track was done by Brian Eno and was released separately as "Music for a Movie". This is the only part of the film that strikes me as incongruous but somehow the moody style set by Eno's pioneering electronic music does work. Needless to say that Jarman's short filmography is to my mind very impressive.

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