Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

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Bruce LaBruce on “Will you dance with me”

This until 2014 unreleased short film was recorded in 1984 as a test footage for a proposed project to assist Ron Peck, a director and friend of Derek Jarman. This 78 minutes experimental footage was filmed in the, now closed, Benjy’s gay nightclub in east London.
Many night clubbers were invited into the club and asked to act naturally, where they were filmed while dancing. There we can see Derek Jarman holding the camera and moving around the club and spinning around like the dancers. The end of the film is when the camera is fixated on one boy and the question from the title had been asked: Will you dance with me? That boy is known as Phillip Williamson and he was also one of the two angels in The Angelic Conversation. The film is expressing the situation and the attitude of the London gay club scene at that time.

Bruce LaBruce is expressing his thoughts on Will you dance with me in an interesting article. He is a well known filmmaker, writer, photographer and artist based in Toronto, Canada, who started his artistic career by working at the queer punk zine J.D.s and producing Super-8 films.

Queer Lisboa –
International Film Festival

Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary that will take place from 16th to 24th September. This is the first Portuguese Film Festival exclusively screening the genre known as Queer Cinema. The Queer Lisboa was established in 1997 and is the oldest film festival in Lisboa. The films that will be shown are organized in the Competitions for Best Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, School Film (short format) and Queer Art, this last one dedicated to more experimental languages. In parallel to the central program there will be non-competition sections, special screenings, film programs dedicated to a filmmaker, theme or country, retrospectives on the representation of homosexuality in film history, sections dedicated to Queer Cinema subgenres, as well as a set of parallel activities such as workshops, exhibitions, and installations.

The screened films are organized in the Competitions for Best Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, School Film (short format) and Queer Art (experimental languages). Alongside to the central program there will be non-competition sections, special screenings, film programs dedicated to a filmmaker, theme or country, retrospectives on the representation of homosexuality in film history, sections dedicated to Queer Cinema subgenres, as well as a set of parallel activities such as workshops, exhibitions, and installations. To find more about the competition and prizes go on this link.

This is a very special edition with the screenings of a total of 144 films from 27 countries and it hosts Jarman and the Last of England Retrospective. With three master classes, two exhibitions, two performances and a debate on the life and work of the filmmaker Derek Jarman. In the retrospective of Derek Jarman there will be screened 8 feature films and 15 shorts filmed in Super 8 and the world premiere of Orange Juice, a documentary that is newly discovered and restored about a Scottish band. These films are associated with others from various directors and collaborators contemporary to Jarman, such as John Maybury, Cerith Wyn Evans or John Scarlett-Davis, who will attend the festival. To this retrospective were also invited the producer James Mackay, actor Keith Collins (former director’s companion) and William Fowler (BFI – British Film Institute). For the whole list of films and short films from Derek Jarman that will be shown on the Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival you should go on this link.

Queer Lisboa 20

International Queer Film Festival

16th to 24th September 2016

Information about the Cinemas and the tickets on this link.

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Simon Fisher Turner remembers the
diaries of Derek Jarman

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Simon Fisher Turner, composer of so many soundtracks for the films of Derek Jarman, remembers Jarman’s diaries on the occasion of the publication of Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks and the exhibition Derek Jarman: Pandemonium at the Cultural Institute at King’s, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House. Simon Fisher Turner has also contributed a piece called Silence to the exhibition and you can read his full text here.

Information about the exhibition which took place already in spring 2014 and also some beautiful and rare photographs of Jarman gives this article by Rob Wilkes: Alma mater marks Derek Jarman anniversary with insightful exhibition…

 

Driving through Dungeness 2016
A video by Drew Pyke

Photographer, journalist, writer and web designer Drew Pyke published an amazing meditative video on YouTube about a car ride through the deserted landscape of Dungeness / Kent. Listening to a never ending electronic sound loop you can catch a glimpse from the house of Derek Jarman as well as from the light house. The film ends up near the power station.

The Shortlist for 2016 Jarman Award is announced

A few days ago Film London has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Jarman Award.
The participants are:

as finalists for the £10,000 prize. The award jury includes a board member of Tate Modern, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery as well as fellow filmmakers.

In its ninth year,  the award honours UK artists working with film, video and moving image in all its forms and keeping Jarman’s  “spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation” alive. The work of this year’s nominees spans short films, animations, YouTube collages and multi-screen installations.

Five of the six artists competing for the 2016 Award are women, exploring subjects as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease and Arab pop culture. Al Maria’s work explores the complexity and contradiction of modern life in the Middle East. In wildly different ways, Evans and Illingworth investigate ideas of human emotion and memory. Maclean is a creative scavenger of found sound for the screen. Karikis, whose work currently features in the Whitstable Biennale, uses the voice as a sculpture material, while Phillipson houses her video art in giant feet and dogs that she makes herself.

Given in conjunction with the Whitechapel Gallery and Britain’s Channel 4, the award provides the opportunity to the shortlistet artists to produce a film for Random Acts, a short film series commissioned by Channel 4.  As in previous editions, this year’s Jarman Award will be accompanied by a nationwide touring programme, profiling work by the shortlist via a series of events at major arts venues across the UK and culminating in a special weekend of screenings, Q&As and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 19 – 20 November. The winner of this year’s Film London Jarman Award will be announced on Monday 28 November 2016.

You will find more information here, and in this newspaper article from the guardian.

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