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Jubilee (1978)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  September 1979 (USA)
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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls ... See full summary »

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Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
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Ariel (as David Haughton)
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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls while away their vacuous existence as best they can, from time-to-time straying into murder to relieve the boredom. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Sex, drugs and punk rock. Add violence and time travel and you have Jubilee.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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Shot entirely on location. The filmmakers made ample use of the many derelict buildings in London that were left standing after sustaining damage in the war. See more »

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After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »

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Angel: You clammy slag! You sat on the KY with your fat arse!
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Doom Generation (2011) See more »

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Dover Beach
Performed by Brian Eno
Written and Produced by Brian Eno
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9 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jubilee, being a Derek Jarman film, obviously sets out to shock. An assorted set of punks and deviants live together in a garish open plan hell festooned with pictures of Hitler. Mad, an orange haired punkette (Toyah Wilcox, these days much more toned down and almost normal) and Amyl Nitrate (played by the unusual Jordan), a very weird lady who dreams of being a ballerina and talks about Myra Hindley, fight with each other. The regal Bod (Jenny Runacre, very good in this in both roles) doubles as Queen Elizabeth, wandering with her soothsayer John Dee (Richard O'Brien) and emotionless angel Arial, through a Britain tottering on the brink of revolution as the Silver Jubilee hits. Other dotty characters include Viv, an artist, and Angel and Sphinx (Linda Spurrier, Ian Charleson and Karl Johnson, who all went more mainstream than this later in their careers), who seem to do very little. Little Nell plays little whore Crabs, and Adam Ant plays slow-witted Kid, who is adopted by the freaks into their little gang. Cue a lot of raucous music, satirical comment on the media and the establishment, and a fair amount of unpleasant murder. And some plastic petunias. It does have its moments, but as a whole it is a bit of a mess. For visual style and flair it scores highly, but on everything else maybe the jury is still out.


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