Alchemical Magic in Derek Jarman’s The Tempest (1979).

Forever a cinematic alchemist - a sage that conjured and devoured celluloid before the eventual ritualistic sacrifice- Derek Jarman is the perfect suitor to Shakespeare's The Tempest (1979); a play whose heart is bathed in the tragedy and power of magic.  Of course Jarman isn't the only person from the Brit-pack of avant-garde directors to … Continue reading Alchemical Magic in Derek Jarman’s The Tempest (1979).

Perception Of Landscape in A Journey To Avebury (1971) – Derek Jarman.

Out of all of Derek Jarman's pre-feature length film work, his short capture of a 1971 walking trip, A Journey To Avebury, is perhaps his most interesting and subtly complex piece of short film work.  These were the early days of Jarman's experimentation when his work as a painter and even a set designer still … Continue reading Perception Of Landscape in A Journey To Avebury (1971) – Derek Jarman.

The Problematic Reception of Derek Jarman’s Blue – Part 5 (Home Viewings and Conclusions)

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Home Viewing of Blue and New Reception Possibilities. “Say you were struck down tomorrow, what would your monument be?” – Dr Mathew Herbert. “Oh nothing, because film disappears, thank God.” – Derek Jarman (1993, p.117) There is an unstated irony within this essay in the fact that … Continue reading The Problematic Reception of Derek Jarman’s Blue – Part 5 (Home Viewings and Conclusions)

The Problematic Reception of Sound And Vision in Derek Jarman’s Blue – Part 1 (Introduction).

When is a Film Not a Film? The Problematic Reception of Sound And Vision in Derek Jarman’s Blue. Introduction “I don’t think of myself as avant-garde. I think avant-garde died in the last revolution before the war.” – Derek Jarman (1994) For a director whose visual flair and heightened sense of style became a sickly, … Continue reading The Problematic Reception of Sound And Vision in Derek Jarman’s Blue – Part 1 (Introduction).