Isaac Julien
GBR 2008
76 min

In voiceover, Derek Jarman's friend and collaborator Tilda Swinton begins reading «Letter to an Angel», a haunting and beguiling text she wrote in 2002. By then Jarman, one of Britain's best-loved and most original artists, had been dead for eight years. An honest and previously unseen interview, shot in 1990 with Jarman in the shadow of his impending death, is the core of the film. Both letter and interview are intricately interwoven with rarely seen home-movie footage of Derek and his family, archive material, excerpts from Jarman's feature films, pop promos, Super-8 work, and new footage of Tilda Swinton shot in Dungeness and London and the director Isaac Julien exploring the Jarman archive. Via these three strands we get to meet Jarman, the Renaissance man: artist, painter, writer, gay activist, gardener and, most importantly, filmmaker.

  • Tilda Swinton
  • Derek Jarman
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Nina Kellgren
  • Richard Conway
  • Adam Finch
  • Simon Fisher-Turner
  • Tilda Swinton
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