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The Garden

This late Jarman feature looks stunningly dreamy in 4K resolution on the cinema screen.

Image from The Garden

UK-Germany-Japan 1990
Dir Derek Jarman
With Tilda Swinton, Johnny Mills, Philip MacDonald, Pete Lee-Wilson
Digital 4K
Certificate 12A
A BFI release

A new, dreamy-looking 4K scan of Jarman’s late feature makes its UK premiere. Close to a nuclear power station, inside his modest, sparsely-furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams... This intimate insight into Jarman’s inner world was beautifully crafted through the innovative manipulation of Super 8 film, laid down on to tape and then 35mm. Shifting from the personal to the political, it culminates in a near-mythic exploration of sexual repression at the end of the 20th century, movingly utilising a cast of iconic, religious figures that include Jesus, Judas and the Madonna. Increasingly ill by this point, Jarman faces his mortality with poetry and dignity.

William Fowler, BFI curator

The screening on Friday 21 June 18:10 NFT3 will be followed by a Q&A with producer James Mackay and costume designer, Annie Symons.

Also available on BFI Player.

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