Derek Jarman "…took three tracks “Witches Song,” “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” and “Broken English” and transformed Marianne Faithfull’s historic nihilisminto a black and white west end background full of menace and decay, intercut with original fascist footage and the familiar Jarman wasteland pyre, around which danced the androgynous ‘theatre troop’ of the directors own forays into the pantomime of London’s gay clubs. Duran Duran it was not." 1985 (reviewer/publication) unknown, slowmotionangel.com
Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942- February 19, 1994), British film director, artist, and writer.
Jarman’s first films were experimental super 8mm shorts, a form he never entirely abandoned, and later developed further (in his films Imagining October (1984), The Angelic Conversation (1985), The Last Of England (1987) and The Garden (1990)) as a parallel to his narrative work.
Jarman made his debut in “overground” narrative filmmaking with the groundbreaking Sebastiane (1976), arguably the first British film to feature positive images of gay sexuality, and the first (and to date, only) film entirely in Latin. He follwed this with the film many regard as his first masterpiece, Jubilee (shot 1977, released 1978), in which Queen Elizabeth I of England is transported forward in time to a desolate and brutal wasteland ruled by her twentieth century namesake. Jubilee was arguably the first UK punk movie, and amongst its cast featured punk groups and figures such as Wayne County… read more