Derek Jarman

Director, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Leading avant-garde British filmmaker whose visually opulent and stylistically adventurous body of work stands in defiant opposition to the established literary and theatrical traditions of his sometimes staid national ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1942 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Director (17)

Blue 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Memorial Tribute 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Wittgenstein 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Edward II 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Glitterbug 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Garden 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last of England 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

War Requiem 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Louise") (Director)

Projections 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Caravaggio 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Angelic Conversation 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Imagining October 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Shadow of the Sun 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Jubilee 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tempest 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Sebastiane 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Blue 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wittgenstein 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edward II 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Garden 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

War Requiem 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Louise") (Screenplay)

Caravaggio 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Angelic Conversation 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Imagining October 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tempest 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sebastiane 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (9)

Blue 1994 (Movie)

(Voice)

There We Are John 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Derek Jarman: A Portrait 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cactus Land 1987 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Derek Jarman: You Know What I Mean 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Prick Up Your Ears 1987 (Movie)

Patrick Proktor (Actor)

Ostia 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nighthawks 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (5)

Glitterbug 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Garden 1990 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Last of England 1989 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Imagining October 1983 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

In the Shadow of the Sun 1981 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Art Department (2)

Savage Messiah 1972 (Movie)

(Set Designer)

The Devils 1970 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)
Editor (1)

In the Shadow of the Sun 1981 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Leading avant-garde British filmmaker whose visually opulent and stylistically adventurous body of work stands in defiant opposition to the established literary and theatrical traditions of his sometimes staid national cinema. With influences ranging from the eccentric writing-directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger to seminal gay aesthetes Jean Cocteau and Kenneth Anger, Jarman advocated a personal cinema more dedicated to striking imagery and evocative sounds than to the imperatives of narrative and characterization. His comments on one of his strongest films are revealing: "'The Last of England' works with image and sound, a language which is nearer to poetry than prose. It tells its story quite happily in silent images, in contrast to a word bound cinema."

Relationships

Keith Collins

Companion
nursed Jarman through his illness they were not lovers although they were in love edited Jarman's diaries

EDUCATION

Slade School of Fine Arts

King's College, University of Cambridge

1963 - 1967
studied history and art history and English

Milestones

1989

Directed the stage show of The Pet Shop Boys World Tour

1988

Directed Lawrence Olivier in his final performance, "War Requiem"

1986

Diagnosed as HIV-positive; began keeping a journal

1984

Honored with a retrospective of his paintings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London

1984

Visited the Soviet Union: returned and made a short film about the experience entitled "Imagining October"

1984

Published his first book, the autobiographical "Dancing Ledge"

1979

Directed Super-8mm short, "Broken English", a performance film of Marianne Faithful

1976

Made feature directorial debut, "Sebastian"

1976

Exhibited in a show of Six British Painters in Houston, Texas

1972

Returned to work for the Royal Ballet

1972

Set designer on Ken Russell's "Savage Messiah"

1970

Set designer on Ken Russell's "The Devils"

1968

Worked on costume and set design for the Coliseum production of the opera "Don Giovanni"

Worked on set and costume design for the Royal Ballet

Father moved family around frequently; lived in Rome, Venice and Pakistan

Directed videos for various musical artists including The Smiths, Bob Geldof and The Pet Shop Boys

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