20th anniversary celebration of filmmaker

Toyah Willcox in Derek Jarman's The Tempest. Pic: Comp
Toyah Willcox in Derek Jarman's The Tempest. Pic: Comp
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Celebration of filmmaker Derek Jarman

The collaboration celebrates the life and work of Jarman in a year that marks the 20th anniversary of his death.

Jarman died in 1994, aged just 52, but his legacy lives on. In the 20 years since, his films have lost none of their relevance and remain influential, with public interest increasing substantially in recent years.

Season highlights include a unique symposium on Jarman hosted by Jim Hickey, former director of Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 23 February.

Hickey will take audiences on a journey through Jarman’s life and works, exhibiting rare film extracts and revealing how he made his very personal cinema within a largely hostile British film culture.

Edinburgh also plays a key role in Jarman’s fascinating story, as he brought several films – starting with The Tempest – to the Edinburgh’s International Film Festival.

For those with a hunger for something distinctive and different, Jarman’s eclectic work is inspirational in its fearlessness yet remains touchingly personal.

With the help of the British Film Institute, the film season will include features such as Caravaggio, The Tempest, The Angelic Conversation, War Requiem, Jubilee, Wittgenstein, The Garden, Blue, The Last of England, Edward II and Glitterbug, alongside more experimental films and rarely seen shorts.

Audiences will also be able to experience further the filmmaker’s work through an exhibition of press cuttings, film stills and other iconic items drawn from the archives of Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

• Derek Jarman: presented by Drambuie, until Wednesday 9 April, various times and prices, for full details visit www.filmhousecinema.com