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Derek Jarman

Complementing BFI Southbank’s major retrospective, BFI Player’s Derek Jarman collection aims to bring a diverse selection of the innovative and irreplaceable director's works to a wider audience.

From his startling and subversive features like The Angelic Conversation and Caravaggio, to some of the more obscure shorts, documentaries and tributes that have followed in his wake, this collection shines a light on the broad artistic sensibility and wide-ranging influence of one of the key figures in post-war British cinema.

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Derek Jarman
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Wittgenstein 1993 18

Written for Channel 4 by radical literary theorist Terry Eagleton and directed by Derek Jarman, Wittgenstein is a bold, offbeat biography, exploring the politics and sexuality of the great, troubled philosopher.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Caravaggio 1986 18

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman
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Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman 2010 PG

Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England.

12 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

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The Angelic Conversation 1985 PG

The Angelic Conversation sees Derek Jarman conjure an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems. With narration by Judi Dench and music by Coil.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Derek 2008 15

Punk Britain, gay Britain, Thatcher’s Britain, Derek Jarman tackled the lot. Isaac Julien’s film celebrates one of Britain’s great artists.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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Derek Jarman: Life As Art 2004

Documentary on the life and work of experimental filmmaker, who died in 1994. Contributors including Tilda Swinton recall Jarman's peculiar genius.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Kimpton-nye

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The Clearing 1993 12

An intriguing and poetic short film – a man (Derek Jarman) walking on Hampstead Heath is lured through the woods by the sound of a saxophone.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Derek Jarman in Conversation with Simon Field
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Derek Jarman in Conversation with Simon Field 1989

A far reaching interview with multifaceted artist Derek Jarman, conducted in 1987 by producer and critic Simon Field as part of the ICA Guardian Conversations series.

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Ostia 1987 18

Ostia is a fascinating short film directed by Julian Cole and starring Derek Jarman, which reconstructs the events leading up to the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

United Kingdom Director. Julian Cole

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Jubilee 1977 18

The mythological past and a soon-to-be bleak future converge on the sparse, grey streets of London in Jarman’s personal vision of the punk movement.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Toyah Willcox on acting in Derek Jarman's Jubilee
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Toyah Willcox on acting in Derek Jarman's Jubilee 2014

“I wanted to be a tidal wave.” Actor Toyah Willcox discusses her role as pyromaniac punk Mad in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee (1978).

7 mins United Kingdom

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Remembering Derek Jarman 2014

Derek Jarman season curator Will Fowler interviews longtime Jarman associates James Mackay and Richard Heslop.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Ron Peck on Will You Dance With Me?
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Ron Peck on Will You Dance With Me? 2014

Producer Ron Peck recalls the making of Derek Jarman's Will You Dance With Me?

9 mins United Kingdom

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Sebastiane 1976 18

A distinctly bold and sensual reclaiming of gay history, Jarman here tells the sexually intense story of the 4th-century martyr.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Tariq Ali Introduces Wittgenstein
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Tariq Ali Introduces Wittgenstein 2014

Producer Tariq Ali talks about the making of Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman’s portrait of the renowned philosopher.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Toyah Willcox on The Tempest 2014

Toyah Wilcox discusses working with Derek Jarman on The Tempest, in which she plays Miranda, and considers the director’s legacy.

9 mins United Kingdom

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