DEREK JARMAN: THE GARDEN

DEREK JARMAN

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Diagnosed with the HIV virus in the mid-1980s, Jarman’s health was in decline when he came to create this contemplative, self-reflexive reverie on sexual repression, religious iconography and mortality. Filmed on delicate Super 8mm in the environs of Prospect Cottage, the director’s sparsely furnished home, close to a nuclear power plant on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, The Garden offers insight into Jarman’s interior world, shifting from the personal to the political in its consideration of his recurring themes, utilising a cast of religious figures including Jesus, Judas and the Madonna, played by frequent muse Tilda Swinton.

Screening as part of IFI & IMMA: Derek Jarman December 3rd to 15th 2019. Click for more information.

92 mins, UK-Germany-Japan, 1990, Digital.

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