Blue

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In Derek Jarman’s last film Blue, the monochrome glow of the projected frame echoes the artist’s fading eyesight, as the soundtrack evokes powerful images of the mental, physical and emotional strain caused by his terminal illness.

Festivals: 

Edinburgh International Film Festival – Best New British Feature; Stockholm Film Festival – Honorable Mention, nominated for Bronze Horse.

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was born in 1942 in England. He was an accomplished painter, acclaimed set designer for theatre and film, also fierce activist for gay rights. He shared news of his HIV infection and incorporated his subsequent battles with AIDS into his work. In 1976 he presented his first feature film Sebastiane about life and death of the martyr Saint Sebastian. In his second film, Jubilee (1978), Queen Elizabeth I travels through late 70s punk Britain. Films Caravaggio (1986), Edward II (1991) and Wittgenstein (1993) are loosely based on lives of these famous historical figures. In 1989 the powerful War Requiem was presented. His final film Blue (1993) was arguably the most remarkable and personal film. He died in 1994 from AIDS related causes.