Director: Derek Jarman
Cast includes: Tilda swinton, Michael Gough
With introduction by paul Burston Curated by Peccadillo Pictures
95 mins / 1990 / UK

Close to a nuclear power station, inside his modest, sparsely furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams.

This intimate insight into Jarman’s inner world was beautifully shot with the help of friends and collaborators. Shifting from the personal to the political, it culminates in a near-mythic exploration of sexual repression at the end of the 20th century, movingly using a cast of iconic religious figures that includes Jesus, Judas and the Madonna. Increasingly ill by this point, Jarman faces his mortality with poetry and dignity.

Featuring a brilliant score by Simon Fisher-Turner, The Garden is a visual tour-de-force. The cast features Tilda Swinton and Michael Gough.

"Touching, intense, sometimes unexpectedly amusing, sometimes agonising, and always achingly sincere." - Time Out

We're delighted that Paul Burston will provide an introduction to The Garden:

Paul Burstyn, smilingPaul Burston is the author of six novels and five non-fiction books and the editor of two short story collections. He is the curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari and founder of the Polari Prize book awards for LGBTQ+ writers.

For 20 years he was the LGBT Editor at Time Out. He interviewed and became friends with Derek Jarman, contributing a chapter to his book At Your Own Risk. A founding editor of Attitude magazine, Paul’s writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the
Sunday Times and many other publications. His memoir We Can Be Heroes : A Survivor’s Story is a tale of living through two pandemics, surviving two near death experiences and battling his own demons.

“Probably the gay book of the year.” - ES Magazine

“A compelling and hugely enjoyable memoir about a fearless life lived to the full.” - Bernardine Evaristo

Derek Jarman mini season

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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