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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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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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In her opening speech, Amyl Nitrate tells us that her favourite song is "Don't Dream It, Be It". That song was written for The Rocky Horror Show (filmed as The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)) by co-star Richard O'Brien, who plays court magician John Dee. 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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Rule Britannia
Performed by Suzi Pinns
Written by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Arne) / James Thomson (as Thomson)
Arranged by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman)
Produced by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman) and Wil Malone
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My 1st Jarman film
9 January 2005 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

I am going to be bias about this film I am afraid. It is the film that got me interested in Jarman.

One evening in the early 1990's Channel 4 broadcast Jubilee and I watched, with the sound on my television down, transfixed by the images that I was seeing. As a young (12 or 13) gay man realising the unacceptability of my sexuality and having no one to discuss or share my feelings with, Jubilee stuck out and spoke to me. The homoerotic images were the 1st I had seen, and certain images remained with me until I was 18 (The 'orgy scene'with naked men and bishops dancing, the murder of the drag queen, Queen Elizabeth I walking along the shoreline with the godlike narration reciting poetry, Toya's pink hair!) and was able to discover what this film actually was. All I knew up until then was that it was called Jubilee.

Yes it is a messy movie made on a very low budget. Yes, the acting is appalling at times with many unknown untrained actors - but, like Jarmans other films it had an impact which seems to transcend these mere dramatic theatre critic type issues. If I had only come to view the film now, it may not have had such an impact. To me it is a brave work with a uniqueness and style like no other. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen in Brighton last year - and its messiness actually seemed to befit the big screen - its over the top, cant performances worked so much more than on the small screen. Jordans 'Rule Britannia' in the Union Jacks dress (mimicked by Geri Halliwell 20 years later), Adam Ant's 'Plastic Surgery' are iconic moments in British film.

Jarmans least poetic and focused film, but still the only film to truly grab me as a child with its madcap, anarchic, brash energy and sexuality.


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