Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4
Painter, poet, activist and queer cinema maverick, Derek Jarman (1942-1994) is one of Britain's most visionary and extraordinary film artists. Often in collaboration with actress and muse Tilda Swinton (2007 Oscar Winner for Michael Clayton), Jarman's lush, experimental reflections on art, politics, sexuality and identity transcend and subvert both the genres in which he worked - the period costume drama, the biopic - as well as the boundaries of so-called gay filmmaking.
This four-disc set boasts two of Jarman's most accomplished arthouse features (Caravaggio and Wittgenstein), and two of his most personal and avant-garde work (Blue and The Angelic Conversation). Glitterbox also debutes a treasure trove of additional material including the posthumously assembled 54-minute film collage Glitterbug; rare behind-the-scenes footage; extensive video and audio interviews; production galleries; and a 20-age illustrated booklet with essays, an interview with Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and a tribute by Peter Christopherson, of cult band Coil.
The volatile life of the eponymous 17th-century painter is gorgeously re-imagined through his brilliant, near-blasphemous paintings and flirtations with the Roman underworld.
A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining portrait of the irreverent 20th-century philosopher who preferred detective fiction and Carmen Miranda musicals to Aristotle.
The Angelic Conversation (1985)
This ethereal Super-8 melange beautifully layers languorous music by Coil and emotive readings of Shakespeare love sonnets by Dame Judi Dench.
Jarman's most daring cinematic statement (a year before his death from AIDS in 1994) lays bare his physical and spiritual struggle through a rich tapestry of voices, music and a pure cobalt screen.