In this fiery adaptation of the classic play from maverick director Derek Jarman, the new king of England, Edward II (The Last of the Mohicans’ Steven Waddington), finds his throne in peril when he brings his lover, Gaveston (The Pianist‘s Andrew Tiernan). Enraged, the Queen (Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Best Actress winner 2007 for Michael Clayton) embarks on a plot to take down the king at all costs. Featuring an unforgettable appearance by music legend Annie Lennox performing "Ev’rytime We Say Goodbye," this stylish, visually arresting twist on a classic story is one of the haunting and powerful gay-themed films ever made.
Derek Jarman’s pioneering films are among the most respected works of British cinema from the past two decades, including Jubilee, The Last of England, Caravaggio, Sebastiane, The Garden and The Tempest. –Image Entertainment
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
A pure marvel. Enjoyed every single shot of it, full of Jarman's trademark anachronisms, Tilda Swinton's gorgeous looks and a bewitching combination of passion and the frenzy of despair that burns the characters out. [The final scene with little Edward dancing on a cage is oh so poignantly beautiful]
derek jarman marathon. in my opinion one of the best filmmakers, and completely underrated.
Resolutely queer take on Marlowe, overlaid with modern allusions to poltical activism. It works in fits and starts with a stark, studio-bound feel enhanced by some crisp performances from Terry and Swinton, although Jarman lays on the queerness with a heavy spade. However, it's a fairly steady narrative away from the director's more personal experiments in tone and form. Straight forward.