Derek

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Filmmaker Isaac Julien looks back on the life and work of filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman. Julien examines the work of Jarman, showing how his films such as "Jubilee" and his radical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" continue to influence and resonate with future generations. Both archival and newly recorded interviews are used to shine a light on the professional and private life of Jarman, who died in 1994 from AIDS-related complications.

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Critic Reviews for Derek

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • They're interesting tales lovingly rendered.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • This fragmentary portrait of the British filmmaker, painter, set designer and writer Derek Jarman, is a cinematic scrapbook of the life and times of an iconoclast, aesthete and provocateur.

    June 13, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Brilliantly serves as a touristy tour into the gay and avant-garde world of Brit cinema.

    January 27, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Strikes a moody and atmospheric tone that's perfectly suited to Swinton's somnolent voiceover. And a wealth of imagery makes it worth seeking out

    July 14, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This homage to one of the world's most creative, impassioned artists paints a fascinating portrait of Derek Jarman's life through the filmmaker's most extensive on-camera interview and a letter of retrospection written and read by long-time collaborator a

    July 22, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Derek

  • Jan 09, 2014
    Good tribute, I'm sure, but a bit slow and artsy for anyone unfamiliar with the subject.
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  • Jun 09, 2009
    Thankfully, "Derek" has nothing to do with Derek Jeter.(Sorry, Mets fan.) Rather, it is an endearing documentary about Derek Jarman, an iconoclastic film director who challenged the status quo both politically and aesthetically, who died of AIDS related complications in 1994. Along with clips from his films and archival footage, the documentary mostly consists of a 1990 interview with Jarman which serves as a narration on his life and work, detailing the creative and political influences on his movies. After a chance meeting with Ken Russell, Jarman, an underground artist at the time, was hired to design the sets for "The Devils"(Now, there is a movie I have to see one of these days...) which turned out to be his introduction to making movies. His political involvement in movements against Thatcher and militancy for gay rights would inform even his historical films, especially "Edward II," with Jarman's signature use of anachronisms, leaving them unstuck in time and making them relevant for all times, especially the present day from which Her Timelessness Tilda Swinton recalls their collaborations and friendship.
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