There’s a new book out about Jarman’s Super 8 Films: Derek Jarman Super 8 from James Mackay, published by Thames & Hudson. It is a brilliantly edited selection of stills from Derek Jarman’s many short Super 8 films, curated and commented on by some of the biggest names in contemporary art and cinema.
Jarman’s friend and producer, James Mackay has overseen the restoration of 92 Super 8’s to prevent these rarely seen films being lost forever. James Mackay is custodian of Jarman’s Super 8s and the leading expert on Jarman’s filmography. He produced twelve Jarman films, including Caravaggio and The Last of England.
This book shows key stills and sequences from the films, as chosen and introduced by Liam Gillick, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sarah Turner, Gina Birch, Matthias Müller, Peter Fillingham, Neil Bartlett and Isaac Julien. The transient images isolated like paintings are the essence of Derek Jarman and the visual vocabulary of a great artist. This is an indispensable introduction to the Super 8s for all film historians, film students and cineastes. The book has 288 pages, 780 illustrations and costs £19.95. You can order it e.g. on this link from Thames & Hudson.