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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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This has the distinction of being the first non-porn film to show a male erection.See more »
Anachronisms: The soldiers play with a modern Frisbee in one scene. When one soldier catches it, the logo appears.See more »
Sebastian:His eyes are so beautiful. He has sky-blue eyes.
Justin:What is this? What are you talking about?
Sebastian:His hair is like the sun's rays.
Sebastian:His body is golden like molten gold. This hand of his... will smooth away these wounds. Justin, he is as beautiful as the sun. This sun which caresses me... is his burning desire. He is Phoebus Apollo. The sun... is his... burning kiss.
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Featured in Derek Jarman: Life as Art (2004)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not for all sensibilities, 20 February 2000
Author: John Firth ( from Newcastle, England

It's a while since I watched this, and what little I do remember is odd, to say the least (it is a Jarman film), so I won't try to go into detail, as I'd probably mis-remember something. All I will say is that it's a definite indicator as to which way Jarman went. Certainly not one for homophobes.

Visually striking (as is typical of Jarman), this film is best known for being the first film to be filmed entirely in Latin (The Holy Office (from Spain) in 1975 had some dialogue in Latin, but also Hebrew), and also for being Jarman's debut feature (he had worked on three pictures beforehand, including Ken Russell's The Devils, but this was his first directing job). As with most of Jarman's work, Sebastiane is very arthouse, and will rarely be played on television (Channel 4 here in the UK last played it a few years ago in a Jarman season). Next time it's on, do as I intend to do, and watch it.

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