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Derek (BFI) in March

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Derek on 30th March 2009 priced at £19.99 RRP. Painter, author, gay militant, aids activist and, above all, filmmaker, Derek Jarman was one of Britain’s best-loved and most original artists who touched the lives of everyone he met. Derek is a film that was lovingly crafted by artist filmmaker Isaac Julien, who assembled a moving collage of rare home movies, film clips and interviews, as well as a cinematic love letter from Tilda Swinton written a decade after Jarman’s death.

Features include:

  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Optional Hard of Hearing subtitles
  • Filmed introduction by Producer Colin MacCabe (2008, 5 mins)
  • The Extended Derek Jarman interview (1991, 69 mins)
  • New filmed interview with Isaac Julien (2008, 20 mins)
  • Three Super-8mm short films by Derek Jarman: Pirate Tape (W.S. Burroughs Film) (1982,16 mins); TG: Psychic Rally in Heaven (1981, 8 mins); Sloane Square: A Room of One’s Own (1974-6, 9 mins)
  • The Attendant (Isaac Julien, 1993, 8 mins)
  • The Clearing (Alexis Bistikas, 1994, 7 mins)
  • Ostia (Julian Cole, 1987, 26 mins): short film about Pasolini starring Jarman, with optional director’s commentary
  • Derek Jarman paintings gallery
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Isaac Julien and B. Ruby Rich; Ossian Ward on Jarman’s paintings; film notes and biographies

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