[NetBehaviour] Derek Jarman's birthday would be today! Now yesterday ; -)

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Feb 1 01:03:34 CET 2010

Derek Jarman's birthday would be today! Now yesterday ;-)

As a mark of respect to Derek Jarman, I am posting some links to some of 
his works which have inspired me...

Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February, 1994) was an English film 
director, stage designer, artist, and writer.

Jubilee (1977 film), a cult film directed by Derek Jarman. It stars 
Jenny Runacre, Ian Charleson, and a host of punk rockers. The title 
refers to the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977.

"When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in 
the future, she’s transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland 
of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, 
scattered filth, and twisted sex. With Jubilee, legendary British 
filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring 
into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic 
experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy. With its 
uninhibited punk petulance and sloganeering, Jubilee brings together 
many cultural and musical icons of the time, including Jordan, Toyah 
Willcox, Little Nell, Wayne County, Adam Ant, and Brian Eno (with his 
first original film score), to create a genuinely unique, unforgettable 
vision. Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its 
predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work 
of film art." http://www.criterion.com/films/736

Jubilee was one of those films which influenced my own life greatly. The 
spirit of the movie connected to me personally and (dare I say it) 
spiritually, in respect of it triggering off various inner feelings 
which before laid ungrounded. From then on, art, punk and everything 
else fell into place...

Here is a snippet of Jubilee on Youtube
BEYOND THE ENDLESS FUTURE CITY part 1 (Amyl Nitrate Lesson 1)

Escena de Ballet de Jubilee

Amyl Nitrate - Rule Britannia


The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (music video directed by Derek Jarman).
"The Queen Is Dead", starts with a soundbite from Bryan Forbes' 1962 
British film The L-Shaped Room. Another instance of Morrissey's 
fascination with '60s British cinema. The soundbite is Courtneidge's 
character nostalgically singing the World War I song "Take Me Back to 
Dear Old Blighty".


The Devils.

"The Devils is a 1971 British horror film directed by Ken Russell. It 
stars Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. It is based partially on the 
1952 book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, and partially on the 
1960 play The Devils by John Whiting, also based on Huxley's book."

|Derek Jarman was responsible for the film's production design. The film 
is a dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain 
Grandier, a 17th century French priest executed for witchcraft."

"A highly controversial film which has a history of censorship. The film 
is a strong condemnnation of religious institutions such as the Catholic 
Church and organized religion in general. This, combined with its 
unrelentingly graphic depictions of sex and violence, has led to its 
history of censorship.

I remember reading The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, an amazing 
book. Oh yes, at a young age the film itself blew my mind...

The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)

That's my fave selection, any other suggestions?

Wishing all well.


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