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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.


Derek Jarman
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Cast overview:
Tilda Swinton ... The Maid
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Soldier / Various roles
'Spring' Mark Adley 'Spring' Mark Adley ... Spring / Various roles (as Spring)
Gerrard McArthur Gerrard McArthur ... Various roles
Jonny Phillips ... Various roles (as Jonathan Phillips)
Gay Gaynor Gay Gaynor ... Various roles
Matthew Hawkins Matthew Hawkins ... Junkyard Guy
Nigel Terry ... Narrator (voice)


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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Drama | Fantasy


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Voice 2: Fuck it.
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Edited from The Queen Is Dead (1986) See more »


La Treizième Revient (the thirteenth returns)
Written by Diamanda Galás
Performed by Diamanda Galás
Produced by Gareth Jones
Ms. Galás appears courtesy of Mute Records Ltd
Published by Dying Art
® & © Mute Records 1986
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An incredible film - for the right audience
22 November 2003 | by LaFeeChartreuseSee all my reviews

Reading the comments on this film or others like it is a frustrating experience, because so many people don't seem to be clear on the concept. Let me put it very simply:

This. Is. Not. A. Narrative. Film.

If you're going to complain about lack of a plot, character development, or other features of narrative films, don't go see a non-narrative film! It's an entirely different experience, and that's the whole idea. Judging an experimental montage of images and music and voice by the standards of a conventional narrative film is ridiculous -- like complaining about a drama because it wasn't funny. It's not SUPPOSED to be. If you don't like films that don't have a conventional narrative, don't see them.

So, for those who DO actually like experimental, non-narrative film, I'd highly recommend this one -- it's one of my all-time favourite films of any sort, even though know the majority of the population probably couldn't sit through it. I found it incredibly powerful, evocative and visually stunning, and even 15 years after seeing it, some images from it are still burned into my mind. I'm a big fan of Jarman's work in general, but if I had to pin down one single favourite from his work, I think this would be it.

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Release Date:

18 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office


GBP276,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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