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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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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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  (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
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
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Filmed in Sardinia, near the town of Buggerru.See more »
Miscellaneous: It takes a full minute for Sebastian to pour his jug of water onto himself, a seemingly long and impossibly protracted amount of time. He finally sets the jug down but then proceeds to continue his shower with water hitting him from somewhere overhead. (Presumably he had just trained the desert air how to accommodate him by demonstrating a desired effect, and the desert air obliges by squeezing copious amounts of water from itself to wash him.)See more »
Severus:So you're still a Christian?
Severus:Then remove my armor.
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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The "Gone With the Wind" of homoerotic fantasies, 11 July 2003
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

It's surprising more comments haven't been posted for this production which, at the time of its original release, created quite a stir. Perhaps the film's failure to create a continuing subgenre of imitators is to blame, but then, that makes it a one-of-a-kind effort and efforts of this sort deserve remembering as well.

Looking back on the film from more than a quarter of a century, it seems clear that normal criteria concerning story, dialog, and character simply don't apply here. Instead, one must simply view it as a feverish, almost hallucinogenic fantasy drenched with homoerotic, sadomasochistic imagery that is played out against a sun-drenched dreamscape on the Sardinian coast. Think of it as a high-class photo shoot for an avant-garde fashion magazine specializing in loincloths and Roman military paraphernalia.

Having the dialog spoken in Latin can be dismissed as a "gimmick" but actually it adds to the film's air of mystery and unreality. If only some of the anachronisms could have been avoided!

Considering the possibilities, there's surprisingly little sex here, though it's a subject often discussed and, indeed, the whole film is imbued with an air of desire and yearning. On the other hand, there's a plethora of bondage and torture. Leonardo Treviglio, who plays the title character and who spends most of the movie in no more than a loincloth, is hanged by his wrists and flogged, burned with a flame, staked out spreadeagle-style under the scorching sun, and finally shot full of arrows. Curiously, his most memorable torment is also the simplest. Barney James, playing the commanding officer who's torn by conflicting emotions, takes a handful of sand and grinds it into Treviglio's bare torso, blurring the lines between pleasure and pain, between lust and longing. It's a memorable moment in a movie that is now half-forgotten ... like one of those dreams which fade from the mind after you awaken, even though you try to recall the details.

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