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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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When asked about the film's nudity, director Derek Jarman replied "We couldn't afford costumes."See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
Justin:You are marvelous and dance like a god.
Sebastian:Not like a god, Justin, but for God.
Justin:Severus understands your dance?
Sebastian:Yes, he understands.
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Featured in X-Rated: The TV They Tried to Ban (2005) (TV)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Queer Cinema Classic, 18 May 2006
Author: momorguci from Los Angeles

Atmospheric, lyrical, experimental, and with a distinctly queer gaze, Sebastiane is a must for those interested in gay cinema. The film explores the myth behind St. Sebastian whose paintings and imagery have always been linked to queerness as he was one of the only male figures to be sexualized, a rare occurrence, with his naked arrowed chest.

Sebastiane, a Christian, is exiled to a remote sort of military camp. The emphasis as has been said is clearly on the visual.The air permeates and oozes of sexual desire and longing. Soldiers are half naked throughout, often wrestling, joking, and talking a lot about sex. Sebastiane, stands apart because of his Christian beliefs, and the film explores the sado masochism inherent in martyrdom, the pleasure the pain brings, further strengthening his convictions. Sebastiane believes strongly in a higher power and the film itself seems em bused with a spirituality in its slow contemplative shots of nature. The film also deals heavily with unrequited love, both Justin and Severes have an eye for Sebastiane but express it in very different ways. There is also a gay couple among the soldiers whose love is tender and natural. Jarman has a distinct "voice", his films and imagery feel deeply personal and are generally in my opinion fascinating to watch.

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