Films may also available individually:The Tempest (Jarman), Sebastiane, Derek, War Requiem
Jarman presents Shakespeare's intricate comedy of magic and revenge in a form that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and a dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood high camp and gothic horror. His film recalls the innocent homoeroticism of Pasolini's versions of the classics while its lush sense of decor and color is worthy of Minnelli.
Derek Jarman's feature film debut is a historical drama which lays bare the latent homoeroticism that has always lurked beneath the glossy surface of Hollywood biblical epics, audaciously spoken in Latin and supported by one of Brian Eno's best music scores.
British cinema's enfant terrible teams with his muse Tilda Swinton and Laurence Olivier, for a spectacular and moving interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's 1961 orchestral masterpiece.
"Full of magic and surprises...the most truly spectacular British film in years." - The London Times
"Visually stunning." - David Robinson, The London Times
"An exceptionally promising first feature...striking and original." - Derek Malcom, The Guardian
"A robustly made bit of cinema." - Alexander Walker, The London Evening Standard
"... this affectionate tribute captures [Jarman's] admirable motives and impressive drive" *** Recommended Video Librarian
"A cinematic scrapbook of the life and times of an iconoclast, aesthete and provocateur." - The New York Times
"A stunning visual and serious music treat."- Variety