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Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks

Stephen Farthing, Ed Webb-Ingall

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An intimate portrait of one of Britain’s most influential film-makers – a cult in his lifetime; a cult today

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There are few more complete examples of an artist’s record of their own life than the intimately detailed and beautifully produced books that Derek Jarman created throughout his career.

Seen together they reveal the story of how he gathered, shaped and made concrete his ideas. Containing poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, scripts and notes, the sketchbooks are part autobiography and part social history, bursting with the energy and creativity of this groundbreaking artist. Wholly private during his lifetime, these precious books reveal the detailed planning – and creative and emotional engagement – behind each of his films.

This book collates the best of Jarman’s sketchbooks to reveal his film-making process in more depth than ever before.

Contributions from people closely tied to Jarman’s work bring to life the filmmaker’s social circle and the cultural climate of Britain in the 1970s and 80s. Excerpts from early scripts, sketches and notes in particular ensure this is destined to be an essential work.

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'Will delight Jarman’s still-growing faithful, for whom he remains a unique and irreplaceable artist and provocateur'

'Brings Jarman and his art into fuller and more luminous perspective … painstakingly edited and strikingly reproduced'
New Statesman

'Distils the many strands that made up Jarman’s work – humour, torrential creativity, romanticism and the palpable political anger that burned fiercely during the dog days of Thatcherism'
Dazed & Confused

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.6 x 20.6 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 196

Publication date: 9 September 2013

ISBN: 9780500516942

Contents List

Contents: ‘Foreword’ Tilda Swinton • ‘An Introduction to Derek Jarman as Film-maker’ Jon Savage • ‘Early Experiments with Film 1964–1977’ Andrew Logan • ‘Jubilee to Angelic Conversation 1978–1986’ Toyah Willcox • ‘Caravaggio 1986’ Christopher Hobbs • ‘The Last of England to War Requiem 1987–1989’ James Mackay • ‘The Garden 1990’ Howard Sooley • Edward II to Glitterbug 1991–1993 Neil Tennant • ‘Blue 1994–1997’ Keith Collins

About the Author

Stephen Farthing is a painter and the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London.

Ed Webb-Ingall is a film producer who holds a research position at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.

List of Contributors

Tilda Swinton, Jon Savage, Andrew Logan, Toyah Willcox, Christopher Hobbs, James Mackay, Howard Sooley, Neil Tennant, Keith Collins

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