Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

Month: September 2016

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.