Explores the life of the European filmmaker who also designed sets for ballet and opera, was a painter, writer, inspired gardener and fearless campaigner for social causes including gay rights. The revealing picture begins with his troubled childhood, and draws invaluable insights from his journals.
Derek Jarman (1942-1994) is most often remembered as one of Europe's most innovative independent film-makers, whose films called into question and re-ordered the nature of film-making itself. But he was also a painter, writer and poet, gardener, set designer for other people's films, ballet, opera and theatre, and influential campaigner for gay rights and other causes. He was also the author of an extraordinary series of journals that offer invaluable insight not only into the nature of the society in which he lived but also into his own creative process. This new biography of Jarman discusses the entire range of his works and provides a picture of the whole man, from childhood to his untimely death in 1994.