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– Tu kerintis, ir šoki dieviškai.

– Ne dieviškai, Justinai, o Dievui.

Stripped of rank and exiled to a remote Sardinian outpost, Roman soldier and suspected Christian Sebastiane becomes the object of his commanding officer Maximus’ aggressive desire. As Sebastiane turns his back on his fellow soldiers in favour of his own visionary mystical longings, the sun-bleached Mediterranean idyll becomes a psycho-sexual hothouse where predatory desire and religious longing set the stage for a shocking tableau of death and martyrdom.

Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress

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.


Paul Humfress is a film and television director, editor and producer. Sebastiane is the only film he directed.