Derek Jarman Collection, The
Jarman's feature film debut, a slyly lurid and exquisitely poetic historical drama about the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, lays bare the latent homoeroticism that has always lurked beneath the glossy surface of Hollywood biblical epics. A psycho-sexual hothouse of desire and religious longing, Sebastian is a visually bold work that is a milestone in modern queer cinema.
Jarman adapts Shakespeare's last great work as an intricate comedy of magic and revenge that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and a dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood pastiche, high camp and gothic horror.
"A stunning visual and serious musical treat" (variety), Jarman's 1989 film reunites British cinema's enfant terrible with his muse Tilda Swinton for a spectacular and moving interpretation of Benjamin Britten's groundbreaking 1961 orchestral masterpiece. Features Sir Laurence Olivier in his final screen appearance.
In Isaac Julien's fascinating documentary, Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton personally conducts an intimate cinematic commemoration of the life, times and work of Derek Jarman. Includes clips from 17 Jarman films.