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The Last of England (1987)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Last of England

Derek Jarman | United Kingdom | 1987 | M


Wed 13 Nov 2024

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Named after Ford Madox Brown’s iconic painting, Jarman’s bleakest vision is a violent howl against both the loss of traditional English culture and the Thatcher government’s creation of totalitarian anti-LGBTQI+ legislation. Jarman’s layered small-gauge images of a world in ruin are tied together by his own poetic narration, Christopher Hobbs’ audacious production design, Sandy Powell’s indelible costumes and Simon Fisher-Turner’s hypnotic soundscape of blended score and sound design, pre-empting their final collaboration on 1993’s Blue. With Tilda Swindon. Winner of the Teddy for Best Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 87 mins

Event duration

87 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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