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The Last of England

87 min.
Year of Production:
"Spring" Rupert Audley
Gay Gaynor
Matthew Hawkins
Spencer Leigh
Gerrard McArthur
Jonny Phillips
Tilda Swinton
Nigel Terry
Production Company:
Anglo International Films; British Screen Productions; Channel Four Films; Tartan Films; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Essay Film
Teddy Awards:
Best Feature Film
TEDDY Readers Award

It is a poetic, rather than realistic, depiction of what Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in the 1980s. It is named after a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Madox Brown.
Jarman wrote a book to accompany the film, which deals more explicitly with the relationship he had with his father, who was a Lancaster bomber pilot in the Second World War. Jarman used the impact of his father's despair, depression and violence on his own artistic vision. The depression that his father suffered is attributed to the high number of fatalities that bomber crews experienced and the carpet-bombing of civilians. The film is also a means to explore his vision of the dissolution of traditional (pre-war) English life. (See his earlier film JUBILEE to contextualize it with the 1977 punk movement of the time).

BIOGRAFIE Derek Jarman

Born 1942, died 1994. Studied painting and worked as a costume and set designer for the Royal Ballet. Worked as a set designer on Ken Russell’s 1970 film THE DEVILS. Made numerous short films before directing his first feature, SEBASTIANE, in 1976. His first film to screen at the Berlinale was THE TEMPEST in 1979. In addition to his subversive period dramas and experimental films, he began directing avant-garde music videos in the 1970s. He was also a committed campaigner for gay rights in Britain.

FILMOGRAFIE Derek Jarman (selection)

2014 Will You Dance with Me?  2008 Derek  1993 Blue  1992 Wittgenstein  1991 Edward II  1990 The Garden  1989 War Requiem   1987 Aria  1987 The Last of England  1986 Caravaggio  1985 The Angelic Conversation  1984 Imagining October  1979 The Tempest  1977 Jubilee  1976 Sebastiane 

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