V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

GARDEN

V' 09

THE GARDEN

Derek Jarman
GB/D, 1990
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

THE GARDEN

Derek Jarman
GB/D, 1990
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

Actors: 
Tilda Swinton
Madonna
Johnny Mills
Kevin Collins
Liebhaber
Pete Lee-Wilson
Teufel
Spencer Leigh
Maria Magdalena/Adam
Jody Graber
Adam
Roger Cook
Christus
Jessica Martin
Sängerin
Philip MacDonald
Joseph/Jesus
Screenplay: 
Derek Jarman
Sound: 
Marvin Black
Richard Preston
Nigel Holland
Camera: 
Christopher Hughes
Editor: 
Peter Cartwright
Composer: 
Simon Fisher Turner
Decoration: 
Derek Brown
Costume: 
Annie Symmons

Production: 
Basilisk Communications, Channel Four, British Screen Productions, ZDF, Uplink
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

The Garden is Derek Jarman's most personal work so far, touching on the Aids crisis and the issue of his own mortality. The early part of the film is dominated by the windswept landscape of the Kent coast, elemental images, which are intercut with scenes of Jarman building a garden at his home in the shadow of the Dungeness nuclear power station. Slowly a narrative emerges in a series of dreamscapes and tableaux representing familiar Christian moments, as the garden becomes both Gethsemane and Eden. In this fragmented exploration of the Passion, the figure of Christ is intermittently replaced by two young men, lovers who are arrested, persecuted, humiliated and tortured. As the film unfolds, New Testament events (with the luminous Tilda Swinton as Madonna) are set against the background of contemporary Britain, examining the persecution of homosexuality through the centuries and interrogating the role of the church in the Aids crisis. The Garden is an aural and visual tour-de-force, a kaleidoscopic series of stunning and surprising images - disturbing, funny, beautiful.
(Kay Armatage, 1990)

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