Derek

Directed by Isaac Julien

Release: 2008
Runtime: 76
Country: U.K.
Director: Isaac Julien
Writer: Tilda Swinton
Cast: Derek Jarman
Crew: Tilda Swinton

Written and NARRATED BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
TILDA SWINTON

A FILM BY ISAAC JULIEN
PRODUCED BY COLIN MacCABE & ELIZA MELLOR

Includes Clips From 17 Derek Jarman Films

Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton personally conducts an intimate
cinematic commemoration of the life, times, and work of UK filmmaker,
artist, and renegade Derek Jarman in Derek.

Isaac Julien's (Young Soul Rebels, Looking for Langston) documentary
blends together vintage clips from Jarman's groundbreaking experimental
theatrical works and 8mm films, never-before-seen footage from the sets of
his Queer Cinema milestone Sebastiane and punk film landmark Jubilee, and
revealing interview footage shot shortly before Jarman's death in 1994. In
his own words and the words of those who knew him best, Derek reveals
Jarman's religion-scarred beginnings and his ascent in the vibrant UK
counterculture of the 60s and the London punk scene of the 70s. Also
covered, his eight film collaboration with muse, companion and collaborator
Tilda Swinton, the influential music videos made with The Smiths and The Pet
Shop Boys, and Jarman's contributions to a British art scene he helped to
redefine.

Both a "heartbreaking and giddily alive biopic" and an "accomplished
homage" (Art Forum), Isaac Julien's Derek is a joyful requiem celebrating
Derek Jarman's life, vision and legacy with the same maverick energy and
affectionate creativity that made its subject one of the most important
artistic mirrors of his time.

A NORMAL FILMS Production
DEREK
Written by TILDA SWINTON Narrated by TILDA SWINTON
Composer SIMON FISHER-TURNER Film Editor ADAM FINCH
Director of Photography NINA KELLGREN
Executive Producers ISAAC JULIEN,
TILDA SWINTON & JAMES MACKAY
Produced by COLIN MacCABE & ELIZA MELLOR
Directed by ISAAC JULIEN

With support from CHANNEL 4, FILM LONDON, THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART'S FUND
FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, & SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FUND
The Artist Wishes to Thank DEREK JARMAN ESTATE /
KEITH COLLINS, JAN YOUNGHUSBAND, VERTIGO
2008 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. WWW.DEREKTHEMOVIE.COM

Cover photograph "Derek Jarman Charing Cross Rd London 1985," courtesy Steve
Pyke.
Additional thanks to Niall&Nigel at Pony, London.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color
  • Formats: DVD