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The Garden + intro
Playing as part of an ongoing mini season of films linked to Towner’s upcoming exhibition, David Nash: 200 Seasons, in which they explore land on film.
Close to a nuclear power station, inside his modest, sparsely furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams.
This intimate insight into Jarman’s inner world was beautifully shot on fragile Super 8 film with the help of friends and collaborators. Shifting from the personal to the political, it culminates in a near mythic exploration of sexual repression at the end of the 20th century, movingly utilising a cast of iconic religious figures including Jesus, Judas and the Madonna. Increasingly ill by this point, Jarman faces his own mortality with poetry and dignity.
Featuring a score by Simon Fisher-Turner and presented in a new 2K restoration, The Garden is a visual tour de force from the acclaimed director of Sebastiane and Jubilee.
Plus introduction by Dr Niall Richardson, School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.