Based on a piece of film of a car trip to Avebury. Images of ritual happenings and objects of mystical significance are superimposed onto this to produce an abstract surface of colour, texture and mystery. This was part of a series of films called The Art of Mirrors which were made in London on silent Super-8mm in 1970-74. The film was blown up to 16mm and a soundtrack by the group Throbbing Gristle was added. “In the Shadow of the Sun is a fire film, an English Apocalypse, starting with a journey to the stone circle at Avebury, near Stonehenge…”
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
I saw a screening of this when Throbbing Gristle played at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago in 2009. The four (this was before Sleazy's death), armed with laptops, probably running AbletonLive or something, created an improvised score to the film. Perhaps my rating is a bit biased.