Derek Jarman

Jubilee

Jubilee

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 Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work of film art.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Jubilee
Cast
Jenny Runacre
Bod and Queen Elizabeth I
Little Nell
Crabs
Toyah Willcox
Mad
Jordan
Amyl Nitrate
Hermine Demoriane
Chaos
Adam Ant
Kid
Ian Charleson
Angel
Karl Johnson
Sphinx
Linda Spurrier
Viv
Neil Kennedy
Max
Credits
Director
Derek Jarman
Screenplay
Derek Jarman
Screenplay
James Whaley
Producer
James Whaley
Producer
Howard Malin
Assistant director
Guy Ford
Cinematography
Peter Middleton
Assistant camera
Bob McShane
Sound
John Hayes
Production design
Christopher Hobbs
Costumes
Christopher Hobbs
Editing
Nick Barnard
Film and title music
Brian Eno
With music by
Adam and the Ants
With music by
Chelsea
With music by
Wayne County and the Electric Chairs
With music by
Siouxsie and the Banshees
With music by
Amilcar
With music by
Suzi Pinns
With music by
Maneaters

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