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Big screen classics


Derek Jarman’s remarkable debut turns the legend of the martyred saint into a reverie about homoerotic desire.

Image from Sebastiane

UK 1976
Dirs Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress
With Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy, Richard Warwick
Certificate 18

Derek Jarman’s remarkable debut – with its copious nudity and its Latin dialogue subtitled in English – reworks the legend of the martyred saint so that Sebastian is a Roman soldier spiritually and sexually at odds with his colleagues in a remote garrison where boredom and erotic intrigue have become the norm. Peter Middleton’s camerawork and Brian Eno’s music enhance the aura of homoeroticism.

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