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BAMPFA Presents Films of Derek Jarman

Coming to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), is a film series featuring the work of one of the most controversial filmmakers to come out of the UK.

This upcoming film series features the work of Derek Jarman (1942-1994), an independent filmmaker that embraced low budget filmmaking for the aesthetics and ethics, which welcomed the opportunity to innovate and work with friends, while resisting the traditional conception films are usually made, and it’s unsettling audiences. What is perhaps more important, is that Jarman (who was openly gay) would put repressed gay history in the forefront, and linking them with contemporary issues. For example, Jarman’s films would be a bridge the times of Elizabethan plays with issues such as the AIDS crisis and spirituality.

Throughout the month of July, the Derek Jarman series begins with two films made in the late 1970’s. They are 1976’s Sebastiane on July 5th (which gives a homoerotic rendering of the legend of St. Sebastian) and 1978 British punk era classic Jubilee on July 12th. The rest of the month goes into the 1980’s with the 1986 elusive but dreamy flick Caravaggio (July 19th), the apocalypse-now vision of Thatcher’s England in 1987’s The Last of England (July 26th), and the lament to the tragedy of war in 1988’s War Requiem (July 27th).

The month of August goes into the 1990s, beginning with one of Jarman’s most notable film; 1991’s Edward II (August 1st), followed by the intense and inner self entering of 1990’s The Garden (August 3rd), and then 1993’s Wittgenstein (August 8th) one of Jarman’s “most accessible works”, according to the Vancover Film Festival. The month makes a brief stop back to the 1970s with Jarman’s third feature film, 1979’s The Tempest on August 16th, before the film series concludes on August 28th, with Jarman final film, the deeply personal Blue (1993).

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