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Sebastiane 1976 18

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

Jarman’s first feature, directed with Paul Humfress, presents the controversial, sensual, sexualised story of the 4th century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom. The heat of the Sardinian desert is powerfully captured on film – both cast and crew go through their paces, sweating it out Herzog-style - while Brian Eno’s distinctly moving score beautifully complements the superb framing and stunning slow-motion photography. A glorious hymn to the very real, living, breathing, male body. Presented here in a new digital version remastered from the original camera negative by the BFI National Archive.

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Directed by

Derek Jarman


Leonardo Treviglio

Barney James

Neil Kennedy


Historical drama Animation & Artists Moving Image


Roman Army Gays (male) Sainthood


Sex Derek Jarman Gay Cinema - Out of the Archive


18 Contains strong sex and nudity




United Kingdom



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