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Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | February 1978 (UK)
Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

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Derek Jarman

Writer:

Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Runacre ... Queen Elizabeth I / Bod
Nell Campbell ... Crabs (as Little Nell)
Toyah Willcox ... Mad
Jordan Jordan ... Amyl Nitrite
Hermine Demoriane Hermine Demoriane ... Chaos
Ian Charleson ... Angel
Karl Johnson ... Sphinx
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Viv
Neil Kennedy Neil Kennedy ... Max
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
Jayne County Jayne County ... Lounge Lizard (as Wayne County)
Richard O'Brien ... John Dee
David Brandon ... Ariel (as David Haughton)
Helen Wellington-Lloyd Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... Lady in Waiting
Adam Ant ... Kid
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From the distant 16th century, Queen Elisabeth I summons the spirit Ariel with the aid of the court's alchemist, the sage Doctor John Dee, to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London drowned in filth and plagued with crime. As a result, the Queen horrified with the vivid vision of a broken-down British Empire, asks to travel beyond the veil of time, some 400 years into the future, to see firsthand, that in this futuristic and horrendous new order, the capital is overrun by a corrupt police and that an autonomous vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk, Bod, has declared a multi-levelled open war. Now that Britain is practically a wasteland, where is her Majesty, the righteous Queen Elisabeth II? Written by Nick Riganas

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Jubilee. It will excite your senses and terrify your soul! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jubileum See more »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of actress Toyah Willcox. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sphinx: I was 15 before I realized I was dead.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Plastic Surgery
Performed by Adam and the Ants
Written by Adam Ant (as Ant)
Produced by Danny Beckermann and Wil Malone
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Caveat-emptor period piece.
13 June 2002 | by adamsezSee all my reviews

Limit your expectations and be pleasantly surprised. Jubilee is invaluable as a document of anarchic art-school preoccupations in a Britain riven by socialist failure (Thatcher wasn't elected until two years later). Judging by the credits, Jubilee was a creation of faith, hope and goodwill and the cast give it their sometimes amateur all, with entertaining debut appearances from the likes of Jordan, Toyah Wilcox and Adam Ant and proper thesps like Little Nell and Jenny Runacre doing their best with the film-school script and direction.

As feature-film entertainment, Jubilee's a non-starter. But as a caveat-emptor period piece it works fine, and I for one am grateful it was made.


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