Author of the Month: Derek Jarman

Film-maker, artist, essayist, activist and gardener Derek Jarman is our author of the month for May. His many extraordinary, experimental films massively expanded the cinematic vocabulary, particularly about gay and queer sexualities. His diaries, journals and other writings parallel the politically engaged nature of his films, an engagement further mirrored by his activism against the pernicious Clause 28 and in the field of HIV. Following his own diagnosis with AIDS in 1986, Jarman moved to a cottage on the bleak and beautiful coast at Dungeness, where he created his famous garden, as described in his memoir Modern Nature. Read more about his books and films here, or come and explore them in person on our dedicated Jarman table throughout May.

Derek Jarman’s Garden

Derek Jarman, photographs by Howard Sooley

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Derek Jarman’s garden is in the flat expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent. He mixed the flint, shells and driftwood of Dungeness with ...

Up in the Air: Collected Film Scripts

Derek Jarman, introduction by Michael O’Prey

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Derek Jarman was one of our most celebrated artists- painter, poet, film-maker – and the author of many books, including the bestsellers Modern Nature and At Your Own Risk.

Derek Jarman’s Super 8

edited by James Mackay

From the publisher:

One of the most influential filmmakers of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman directed cult feature films such as Jubilee (1977) and Caravaggio (1986), as well as music ...

Jubilee

Derek Jarman

From the publisher:

Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex – with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years ...

Derek Jarman

Rowland Wymer

From the publisher:

This book gives detailed and original critical readings of all eleven of Derek Jarman’s feature-length films, arguing that he occupies a major and influential place in ...