Jarman continued to work with the Super 8mm format throughout his career, creating short films which were later edited together and blown up for theatrical presentation. This was his most prominent mode of artistic practice in the early 1980s, of which The Angelic Conversation is representative. The film, which Jarman himself described as, ‘a dream world, a world of magic and ritual’, takes the form of a poetic montage of imagery depicting gay male desire, accompanied by a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, beautifully intoned by Judi Dench, with an evocative soundtrack composed and performed by English experimental group Coil.
Screening as part of IFI & IMMA: Derek Jarman December 3rd to 15th 2019. Click for more information.