Derek Jarman was a filmmaker working from the 70’s through to his death from Aids in the 1990’s. His films used and drew upon many experimental predecessors and his background was in painting and set design. He was first introduced to the film making process by working on “The Devils” with Ken Russell.
There is a good summary of his work and approach on the sense of cinema website.
The film that we will be showing you in full is called Last of England from 1987. It is a poetic, rather than realistic, depiction of what Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in the 1980s. It is named after a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown.
Clips from Last of England with Tilda Swinton and others.