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The Last of England (1987)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 18 July 1988 (Japan)
The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Voice 1: Is it loaded?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
Voice 1: Did you enjoy the Falklands?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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The Skye Boat Song
(Scottish traditional)
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Produced by Hal Willner
Marianne Faithfull appears courtesy of Island Records Ltd
© Island Records Ltd 1987
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A political revolt of Thatcher's Britain. A cinematic Gem
19 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Challenging the politics of 80s Britain and the film-making of the time, The Last of England stands out as an outstanding cinematic achievement.

Don't get me wrong, when I first watched, I found it difficult to watch and actually left before it finished! But it drew me back. I did some reading on the film and on Derek Jarman and after this I was able to see the Genius in the piece.

The main character is Spring. (we do not learn this is his name until the end credits) He portrays the working class outsider in Thatcher's Britain. There are scenes of destruction, the end of industry, the feeling of terror brought on by the IRA at the time. The film challenges the Taboo's of homosexual relationships, forbidden love, drug use etc etc Through montage, still images, music and voice over, Jarman portrays his feelings of Britain in the 1980s and how he would like to sail away from this terrible Island (see the final sequence) Shot on 8mm, Jarman was revolting against the Hollywood standard 35mm, using home video footage on top to garnish the effect.

Really before you see this film, you MUST do some reading into it first. I believe this will enhance your enjoyment and let you get a flavour of what Jarman was trying to do with this piece


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