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Derek Jarman Super 8

James Mackay

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A brilliantly edited selection of stills from Derek Jarman’s many short Super 8 films, curated and commented on by some of the biggest names in contemporary art and cinema

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One of the most influential filmmakers of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman directed cult feature films such as Jubilee (1977) and Caravaggio (1986), as well as music videos for The Smiths, the Pet Shop Boys and Marianne Faithfull.

Derek Jarman also trained in fine art and a painterly mentality permeates all his work, particularly his Super 8 films, which show Jarman at his most visually courageous and creative, using prisms, filters and superimposition to produce rich colour and artistically bold compositions. The transient images, isolated like paintings, are the essence of Derek Jarman and the visual vocabulary of a great artist.

Now, Jarman’s producer and collaborator, James Mackay, has overseen the restoration of ninety-two Super 8s in order to prevent these rarely seen films being lost for ever. This book features key stills and sequences from the films, as chosen and introduced by Liam Gillick, Wilhelm Sasnal, Sarah Turner, Gina Birch, Matthias Müller, Peter Fillingham, Neil Bartlett and Isaac Julien.

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'Shows why [Jarman’s] unknown work still deserves to be screened and celebrated, proud and loud. These formative masterpieces have languished too long in the dark and this volume rectifies that'

'Exemplifies why Jarman is one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century'

'This intimate record of Jarman’s work gives an authentic flavour of the artist and his groundbreaking approach to film'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 16.1 x 21.2 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 3 November 2014

ISBN: 9780500517321

About the Author

James Mackay is custodian of Jarman’s Super 8s and the leading expert on Jarman’s filmography. He produced the following Jarman films: In the Shadow of the Sun, Sloane Square: A Room of One’s Own, T.G.: Psychic Rally in Heaven, Pirate Tape, The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Aria, L’ispirazione, The Last of England, The Garden, Blue and Glitterbug.

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