Derek Jarman Volume 2 - 1987-1993

1993
  |  Buy to Own: 25/02/2019
  |  427 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Derek Jarman Volume 2 - 1987-1993 Film Poster

Synopsis

Derek Jarman presents a mixture of six films and home movies, chronicling the decline of modern-day Britain. References to the Royal Wedding and the Falklands War mingle with images of desolate streets in an abstract and personal reaction to the disintegration of our society. Derek Jarman's critically-acclaimed visual evocation of the original recording of Benjamin Britten's choral masterpiece which blended the Latin Mass of the Dead with the poignant poetry of British First World War poet, Wilfred Owen. Dramatised scenes, featuring performances from the likes of Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean and Laurence Olivier, are interwoven with cinematic, poetic images and harrowing archive footage which all serve to recreate the horrors of 20th century warfare. Derek Jarman's 'The Garden' is a collection of images dealing with homosexuality and Christianity in experimental fashion, with Jarman's own presence integral to the film. At its heart is a passion play. Themes such as AIDS, repression, police brutality and the end of the world are also explored. In Derek Jarman's version of Marlowe's play, the Court of Edward II is divided in loyalty over the King (Steven Waddington)'s homosexual affair with Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan). Performed in modern dress, the film touches on several contemporary issues, AIDS among them. Derek Jarman's biography of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein makes economical use of minimal sets and costumes, to trace its subject's education in Austria and Cambridge, his life and his work. Karl Johnson stars, with Michael Gough as Bertrand Russell.