Dedicated to the glitter. The Life, love and work Derek Jarman went though.

“Why I like this film is that everyone just laughes in there, feeling no pressure at all”
– Derek Jarman

Glitterbug includes a lot of his private footages shot with his unique interpretations of the film. After Jarman passed away in 1994, David Lewis took over the film and completed it using the footages in Jarman’s past films such as a scene from his first full feature length film, Sebastiane (1976), Jubilee (1978) and In the shadow of the sun (1980), the church where a scene in Tempest (1979) was shot, Tilda swinton in Last of England (1987) etc.

Jubilee (1978)

Facing troubles and difficulty caused by his being gay, Jarman tried to prove that anyone can be free from taboo and institutionalised customs while shooting films themed upon homosexualism, religion, war, destruction and all the negative side of the world.

Tempest (1979)

Glitterbug also introduces to the eccentric culture scene in the 70’s and 80’s of London. You could feel Jarman’s lifestyle by observing Sloane Square where he used to be based in London and Broken English which was made for Marianne faithful’s promotoional video. In the 80’s, he leaned towards the decadant culture scene and took a great deal of symbolic footages of the era: The last meeting of William Burroughs, dance by Michael Clark, Genesis P Olidge of Slopping Gristle/Psychic TV etc.

Last of England (1987)

Brian Eno made the soundtrack using experimental and fascinating sounds.
All the footages in the film were shot before 1986. After tha, he found that he was infected with HIV and moved into a cottage where there is still a nuclear generator.

The Garden (1990)

While planting a number of flowers and trees, he eventually created a marvellously beautiful garden known as TThe Garden of Derek Jarman.
Still then, he kept shooting films such as The Garden (1990), Edward II (1992) and Blue (1993).

Edward II (1991)

“The film director who is able to take the films they want to take should be pleased for doing that. I have never taken the films that don’t get on with my thoughts.” It seems like he fought against the world where there’s always conflicts going on here and there, people who never stop destoying the earth, the disease that cause a death by loving someone .

Director: Derek Jarman
Editor: Andy Clap
Soundtrack: Brian Eno
Distributor: UPLINK

Text: Atsuko Kobayashi (spin!)
Translation Satoru Tanno
Pictures: Copyright © 1998 UPLINK

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