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Derek Jarman: Life As Art 2004

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Kimpton-nye

"Understand that your morality is not law," said Derek Jarman. A good maxim for a filmmaker whose life and work is explored in this loving documentary. Avant-garde in method but nostalgic in temperament, he's remembered by family and friends like Tilda Swinton and Nigel Terry. Excellent use of Super 8 blends with revelatory stories, not least his wish to cast Terry-Thomas as Ariel in The Tempest!

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Directed by

Andy Kimpton-nye

Featuring

John Quentin

Gaye Temple

Tilda Swinton

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Derek Jarman Behind the Camera The Arts on Film

Released

2004

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

400 Blows

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