Derek Jarman –
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In recent years the works of the English painter, film-maker and author Derek Jarman have re-emerged from relative obscurity and drawn the attention of interested audiences around the world.
It was primarily Derek Jarman’s films, such as Caravaggio, The Last of England, The Garden, Edward II, Wittgenstein and Blue, that made him known to a broader audience in the 1990s. However, he never saw himself as primarily a film-maker, but above all as a painter.
His first films were created with a Super 8 camera and were, in the fullest sense, the filmed pictures of a painter. Studio Bankside, Journey to Avebury, Sloane Square, Fire Island, A Room of One’s Own and The Art of Mirrors are all among these early works, and he subsequently used the medium of super 8 film to make several feature-length films, including Imagining October, In the Shadow of the Sun and The Angelic Conversation.
In his autobiographical writings, such as Modern Nature, At Your Own Risk and Chroma, he writes and talks extensively about the close connection he established between his life and his work as an artist.
After his death and while I was working on my book Derek Jarman: Moving Pictures of a Painter, Jarman became somewhat forgotten for an extended period of time. Fortunately, however, numerous new projects related to him and his works have emerged in recent years. These include the Derek Jarman Award, which is presented every year in England and seeks to support the work of young, experimental British film-makers. There is also the catalogue and documentation of Derek Jarman’s Super 8 film material realised by James Mackay.
Numerous film screenings, public readings and programmes of events held around the whole world complement these activities and will be presented and updated in the news section on this website at irregular intervals.