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The Garden (1990)

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The Garden

Derek Jarman | United Kingdom | 1990 | M


Wed 13 Nov 2024

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In many ways a companion piece to The Last of England, Jarman’s first feature of the 1990s is a highly personal, almost dialogue-free film reflecting on the hostility and violence faced by gay, queer and trans people in the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic. Drawing together a collage of home movies of Jarman’s cottage in Dungeness, numerous references to classical and popular culture, and a bold retelling of the Passion of the Christ featuring a gay couple in the lead role, it is one of Jarman’s most startling mediations on mortality, loss and queer politics. With Tilda Swinton and a voiceover by Michael Gough.

Preceded by Imagining October Derek Jarman (1984) 27 mins – Unclassified 15+. Commissioned by the 1984 London Film Festival, Jarman’s politically charged film explores the links between redacted history in the Soviet Union and Thatcher’s Britain. Featuring a score by Genesis P-Orridge and David Ball.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: British Film Institute
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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