Director: Derek Jarman
Cast includes: Tilda Swinton, sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane, Nigel Terry, Dexter Fletcher
Screenings to mark Derek Jarman's 30th Death Anniversary
93 mins / 1986 / UK

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter Caravaggio through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

This fictional portrait of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Nigel Terry) follows the painter as he wanders the streets, often using prostitutes and homeless people as models for his work, which was lauded in his own time. Involved with two very different lovers, Ranuccio (Sean Bean) and Lena (Tilda Swinton), Caravaggio leads a troubled life in spite of his relative success, with his reckless behavior steering him towards an early grave.

Film historian Ben Newell will provide a short introduction to the film. Ben has worked as a film festival supervisor and film programmer in a number of cinemas and festivals around the UK including the Edinburgh Film Festival, Glasgow School of Art and Lonsdale Cinema in Carlisle.

30 years on from the death of visionary director and artist Derek Jarman, we are showing a series of Jarman films to celebrate his life and works. You might also be interested in our other Jarman season events coming up:

Let's Talk Film: Derek Jarman

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