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Over three decades from the 70s to the 90s, Derek Jarman had carved out a reputation as Britain's leading experimental film-maker, an artist-poet of the screen who gave us films such as Sebastiane, Caravaggio and The Garden. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his death in 1994, and we are pleased to present an exclusive first showing of Andy Kimpton-Nye's new documentary about Jarman and his art, featuring Tilda Swinton, Peter Tatchell and Tariq Ali among others
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- Guardian Staff
Before his death in 1994, Derek Jarman had carved out a reputation as Britain's leading experimental film-maker, an artist-poet of the screen who gave us films such as Sebastiane, Caravaggio and Blue. On Friday theguardian.com/film launches an exclusive online premiere of Andy Kimpton-Nye's new documentary about Jarman and his art, featuring Tilda Swinton, Peter Tatchell and Tariq Ali among others Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
What do you get if you cross Shakespeare, ’70s punk, a liberal dose of theatrics and um, gardening? It’s Derek Jarman of course, perhaps one of the most subversive and visionary British film-makers of the last forty years.
And this month sees the 20th anniversary of his death in 1994, aged just 52. Jarman’s legacy is substantial; his cinema simultaneously provokes and bewitches. With his strong sense of aesthetics and background in set design, you’ll always remember a Jarman feature, and cinemas across the UK are celebrating his work with an array of films and events.
A typical motif in his filmmaking is his use of anachronism – a mixing and merging of historical periods, often as a means to make a comment on the ‘here and now’. It’s a style already visible in his set and production design for Ken Russell’s brilliantly bonkers The Devils. Jarman began »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
When Lgbt people leave the safety of the city in films, it usually spells bad news – and Stranger by the Lake and Tom at the Farm don't buck the trend
Gay people and the city have been a good match since Sodom and Gomorrah. From the molly houses of 18th-century London to 1970s San Francisco via prewar Berlin, the urban environment has always been the natural habitat of queer culture – a place where Lgbt people can set their own rules, form their own families, be anonymous when they want to and find company when they fancy it. The countryside, on the other hand, is the place they escape from – a realm of social conformity with limited opportunities for culture, sex or socialising, and perhaps even a site of danger.
That's the stereotype, anyway, both in reality and on screen. Innumerable movies with claims to gay-classic status are inseparable from their urban settings: London has Victim, »
- Ben Walters
BFI to show 78-minute film Will You Dance With Me? – shot by director in 1984 with video camera in gay club in east London
Almost exactly 20 years after his death, a previously unseen film by Derek Jarman has come to light, shot inside a gay nightclub in east London, and will be premiered next month.
At 78 minutes in length, the film is unedited, experimental footage that the avant garde director shot in 1984 at Benjy's, a former nightclub in Mile End to a soundtrack of, among other artists, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Jarman, inspired at the time by his newly purchased video camera, was exploring ideas for his film-maker friend Ron Peck, experimenting in how to capture dancing for Peck's feature film Empire State, made around three years later.
Peck decided to release the tape, entitled Will You Dance with Me?, to coincide with other events this year celebrating Jarman – a retrospective »
- Dalya Alberge
To kick off year-long celebrations of the life and work of film director Derek Jarman on the 20th anniversary of his death, Neil Bartlett explains why he will be holding an all-night party-vigil in King's College London's chapel
Anniversaries are strange things. They are meant to fix time in its proper place, but sometimes they seem to do just the opposite, bending and distorting it instead. Although I know for a fact that it is now a full 20 years since Derek Jarman died, I'm still finding this particular anniversary hard to credit. Is it really possible that somebody so productive and disruptive, so loquaciously and outrageously alive, can now be that distant?
Jarman's films – and later, his activism – were crucial points of reference in my generation's struggles to endure and enjoy life. Even before I had the good fortune to meet him in person, I intuited that here was a true ally, »
- Neil Bartlett
London — The Berlin Film Festival has completed the lineup for the Panorama Dokumente section, which is devoted to documentaries. Sixteen films have been selected, including 10 world premieres.
Africa is also the setting for Swedish filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson’s “Concerning Violence,” which examines the process of decolonization in Africa. Olsson presented “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” about the African-American civil rights movement, in the Panorama section in 2011.
The history of photography is shown from an African-American perspective by Thomas Allen Harris in “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.”
Panorama has a tradition of music films, »
- Leo Barraclough
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