Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

Month: April 2008

The Lightbox series in Tate Britain:
Derek Jarman


The Lightbox series at Tate Britain are dedicated to show artist films and videos. Between 5th April and 1st June 2008 Derek Jarman’s film, Imagining October is shown. This rarely seen film is mostly filmed in Moscow, was produced for the London Film Festival in 1984 and lasts 27 minutes. At the time Derek Jarman was in Russia invited with a group of British filmmakers, where he presented his film The Tempest. Imagining October shows his reflections on the politics of both the Soviet state and Thatcherism in Britain, of course filmed with his Super-8 camera while he was wandering throughout the streets of Moscow. He captured in his images the passing moments of pre-Perestroika Russia what was very uncommon to get from any other Western filmmakers at that time. And at the same time at the Serpentine Gallery: „Derek Jarman Curated by Isaac Julien“ (23rd February – 13th April).

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The Jarman Award 2008

The Annual Film London Jarman Award has been launched this year (2008) and is supported by Arts Council England and presented by Film London in partnership with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery. It supports and acknowledges emerging filmmakers working with experimentation, imagination and innovation. The Annual cash prize is £10,000 and is given to one of the ten shortlisted artists. The Award is inspired by  Derek Jarman.

Luke Fowler was the winner of the first Jarman Award presented at the Serpentine Gallery. He received £20,000, co-sponsored by Film London and More4, in partnership with the Serpentine Gallery and a commission to produce four short films for 3 Minute Wonder , Channel 4’s documentary short strands.

More about the Jarman Award on this link.