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Jarman in the basement

Posted at 2:53 PM on February 9, 2009 by Euan Kerr

I have to admit that of all the very intriguing films in the Walker's Expanding the Frame series, the movie I am most excited about is "Derek," Isaac Julien's new documentary about the British cinematic enfant terrible Derek Jarman. The film gets its area premier on February 20th at the beginning of the short series of Jarman films and videos which runs through February 26th.

I met Jarman twice ove the years, once when he appeared at the Walker in the late 80's and then in Glasgow in the early 90's when he was mounting an exhibition of his paintings.

Jarman was one of those people who was easy-going and accepting in person, but quite uncompromising in his beliefs. He was denounced on the floor of the British Parliament by Winston Churchill's grandson because of the gay themes in his work. (He was quite pround of the denunciation, I remember.)

I scribble this all down now because I was rooting through a collection of old tapes in my basement yesterday, when I came across the interviews I did with him. I am not sure if they will even play, but I will see if there is anything worth adding here.

Stay tuned.

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