Derek [DVD] 
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A film by Isaac Julien
Derek is a glorious, yet fitting, remembrance of one of independent film's most important artist, Derek Jarman. It was lovingly crafted by artist filmmaker Isaac Julien, who assembled a moving collage of rare home movies, film clips and interviews, as well as a cinematic love letter from actor Tilda Swinton written a decade after Jarman's death. The film tells the story of Jarman's life and chronicles everyday England from the 1960s to the early 1990s. It also includes clips of Jarman's feature-length and Super-8 films. Swinton's letter serves as the poetic overlay, telling the truth about the life Jarman led and the cultural abyss left by his absence.
Painter, author, gay militant, AIDS activist and, above all, filmmaker, Derek Jarman was one of Britain's best-loved and most original artists who touched the lives of everyone he met.
- Filmed introduction by Producer Colin MacCabe (2008, 5 mins)
- The Extended Derek Jarman interview (1991, 69 mins)
- New filmed interview with Isaac Julien (2008, 20 mins)
- Three Super-8mm short films by Derek Jarman: Pirate Tape (W.S. Burroughs Film) (1982, 16 mins) TG: Psychic Rally in Heaven (1981, 8 mins); Sloane Square: A Room of One s Own (1974-6, 9 mins)
- The Attendant (Isaac Julien, 1993, 8 mins)
- The Clearing (Alexis Bistikas, 1994, 7 mins)
- Ostia (Julien Cole, 1987, 26 mins): short film about Pasolini starring Jarman, with optional director s commentary
- Derek Jarman paintings gallery
- Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Isaac Julien and B.Ruby Rich; Ossian Ward on Jarman's paintings; film notes; and biographies
UK | 2008 | colour | English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 76 minutes + 170 minutes extra material | 1 x DVD-9 + 1 DVD-5 | Original aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16x9) | Region 2 DVD
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The documentary starts with some images from Derek Jarman's infancy with his parents and family. The text accompanying these images is by Tilda Swinton, narrated by the same with some images of her in Present day London or at Derek Jarman's cottage.
It sure is a tribute to the memory of this film maker, and it is deserved first because of his active participation in social issues like free sexual orientation as well as the more general question of social segregation. But the main interest is not at this level. The documentary enables us to define Derek Jarman as different from most film makers of his time. They used cinematographic technique along with a cinematographic vision. They were, and still are, contained, and some might say narrowly contained, in the film industry, the film technology and the film narrative genre.
Derek Jarman is at heart and in the deepest convictions of his mind a visual person who sees the world with the eyes of a painter and he makes his films with such an orientation, that has nothing sexual this time: he is painting the screen with his camera and editing bench.Read more ›