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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.


Derek Jarman


Derek Jarman




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Runacre ... Bod / Queen Elizabeth I
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 ... 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


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


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 »


When Adam & The Ants perform live for Borgia the cameraman and crew are visible in the mirrors in the background for a brief moment before they are turned to the side. See more »


[Bod picks up the phone]
Crabs: Most people would hang up the phone, she's hanging on for dear life.
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Referenced in Arena: Glitterbug (1994) See more »


Performed by Suzi Pinns
Written by William Blake (as Blake) / Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (as Parry)
Arranged by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman)
Produced by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman) and Wil Malone
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pap smear of a "film"
6 November 2003 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

I can think of a great many words to describe Jubilee. Yet the one that I most want to scream is pretentious art-house crap. All these borderline masturbatory gushing reviews for this pap smear of a "film". why? because it "thinks outside the box", or "in your face", or "poetry in action"?? The former two might be true, the latter one is NOT. This film is not punk, it's tripe. Tripe of the worst kind boring, inane, idiotic tripe.

My Grade: F

DVD Extras: "Jubilee: A time less Golden" Documentary; Jordan's Dance (a super-8 short); theatrical trailer; shooting script; costume sketches; Continuity stills; "a new wave movie" (a collection of odds & ends)

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February 1978 (UK) See more »

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GBP200,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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