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Derek Jarman

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Also Known As: Died: February 19, 1994
Born: January 31, 1942 Cause of Death: complications arising from AIDS
Birth Place: Middlesex, England, GB Profession: Director ...


"This evening I sit in my apartment high above Charing Cross Road in the debris of my films watching a video of my family's home movies which documents the years 1929 to 1953. There I am in a perpetual Technicolor sunset. 1943, '44, '45, '46. Down below in the street, famished youths eye electric guitars in the music shops. Drunken derelicts jitterbug through the traffic, smack dealers push dirty children in prams which barely conceal the junk. Round the corner Margaret Thatcher's dream children, rich on style, gorge themselves at the Brasserie and spill exhausted into the morning from night clubs. What scenes from what films are left to film in a world of nuclear secrets, the acid and radioactive rain falls as I watch, and the children's children mutate in the debris of hope into multi-colored fungi." -- Derek Jarman, program booklet for "The Last of England"

Jarman on utilizing super-8 footage transfered to 35mm via video: "It is impossible to tell now if the image on your TV set was generated in super 8. Blown up to 35mm the quality is something quite new, like stained glass, the film glows with wonderful colors. The video gives you a pallette like a painter, and I find the results beautiful." --program notes for "The Last of England"

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