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Tilda Swinton


Derek Jarman’s singular biopic of the late-Renaissance painter provided Swinton with one of her most cherished roles.

Image from Caravaggio

UK 1986
Dir Derek Jarman
With Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Dexter Fletcher
Certificate 15

This meditative and utterly singular biopic of the late-Renaissance painter was Swinton’s first film with Jarman and remains one of her most cherished roles: ‘With Derek I was able to establish a way of performance (supremely autobiographical, very often improvised and frequently silent) and a way of filmmaking (in consultation about the concept and script, funding, framing, editing, distribution), which meant that from the very outset I was respected as a collaborator.’

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+ Rompo i lacci From Flavio
UK 2018. Dirs Tilda Swinton, Sandro Kopp
With Rosy, Dora, Louis, Dot, Snowbear. 6min
Swinton’s dog opera sees her five springer spaniels romp around a Scottish beach to an aria from Handel’s opera Flavio.


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