Jubilee Jubilee

Jubilee

Derek Jarman

 
Jubilee (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1978
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #191

When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she’s transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. With Jubilee, legendary British filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy. With its uninhibited punk petulance and sloganeering, Jubilee brings together many cultural and musical icons of the time, including Jordan, Toyah Willcox, Little Nell, Wayne County, Adam Ant, and Brian Eno (with his first original film score), to create a genuinely unique, unforgettable vision. Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work of film art.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Peter Middleton and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Original documentary on Jarman and Jubilee made by Jarman actor Spencer Leigh (Caravaggio, The Last of England), featuring interviews with stars Jenny Runacre and Toyah Willcox, film historian Tony Rayns, production designer Christopher Hobbs, and filmmakers John Maybury (Love is the Devil) and Lee Drysdale (Leather Jackets), with rare Super-8 clips and memorabilia from the film
  • Ephemera from Derek Jarman’s personal collection, including his scrapbook from the film illustrated with rare photos and notes
  • Original trailer
  • Liner notes by Jarman biographer Tony Peake
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Art Chantry

Film Essays

Jubilee

By Tony Peake May 26, 2003

Although most widely remembered as a filmmaker, Derek Jarman was in fact something of a Renaissance man. His films exist—and are best appreciated—within the context of equally important work as . . . Read more »

Book Notes

Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations

By Bill Horrigan December 07, 2009

Jim Ellis’s insightful new book, Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations (University of Minnesota Press), builds from the premise that “Jarman is the most important Anglo-American gay director in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Jubilee

By Tony Peake May 26, 2003

Although most widely remembered as a filmmaker, Derek Jarman was in fact something of a Renaissance man. His films exist—and are best appreciated—within the context of equally important work as . . . Read more »


Features

Jubilee: No Known Address . . . or . . . Don’t Look Down . . .

By Tilda Swinton May 26, 2003

The following is the full version of a speech given by long-time Jarman collaborator and friend, actress Tilda Swinton (Caravaggio, The Last of England), at the "In the Spirit of Derek Jarman" . . . Read more »