Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Derek Malcolm Recommends; Derek Jarman Films at the BFI Southbank

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Derek Malcolm Recommends; Derek Jarman Films at the BFI Southbank

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"OUR name will be forgotten. In time, no one will remember our work." So said writer, director and diarist Derek Jarman as part of his moving commentary during Blue, his final, challenging film made a few months before his death from Aids-related complications in 1994.

Fortunately, if he was referring to himself, he was wrong. His films have been regularly shown as the years go by and have become more and more influential. Now the BFI Southbank is showing a two-month celebration of his work -- the most complete ever mounted.

Was he an out-and-out romantic, or an anarchical subversive who made films to shock and surprise? The answer is probably both, though the latter probably wins out. Especially when it comes to films such as In the Shadow of the Sun, showing tonight, which fuses several of Jarman's early Super8 films and adds a Throbbing Gristle soundtrack; and, screening on Sunday, the 1978 Jubilee, an irreverent and controversial account of the punk movement, which has Jenny Runacre's Queen Elizabeth I visiting contemporary London. …

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