Jarman’s angriest film, a striking collage of Super 8mm, home video footage, and new material, is a distressing, nightmarish vision of a country which had, under Thatcher’s rule in the 1980s, as the director saw it, become a homophobic, repressive state. The film is an assault of images, some ugly, some perversely beautiful. In the most unforgettable sequence, Tilda Swinton’s Bride tears off her wedding dress in a fit of despair and grief, before leaving the country for a better world, in emulation of the emigrating couple depicted in Ford Madox Brown’s famous painting of the same name, which inspired Jarman to make the film.
Screening as part of IFI & IMMA: Derek Jarman December 3rd to 15th 2019. Click for more information.