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DIRECTOR: Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman’s Super 8mm films of the 70s were an essential part of the Glitterati London scene along with Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World pageants and Duggie Fields’ glamourous paintings. A central part of many a Butler’s Wharf film party, the films were originally shown in galleries and warehouses around London. As word got out, Derek was invited to screen the films at festivals and art events, selecting reels from several dozen titles that he shot and edited, often talking over the films with descriptions of people and place, choosing music tracks to compliment the mood of each one. By the early ’80s he had largely stopped showing them in their original form as the fragility of 8mm became an increasing concern. Some of them, around 20 in all, were transferred to either 16mm or U-matic video which helped to keep some of the work available. In 2008, Isaac Julien included a selection of the Super 8 films in the exhibition of Derek’s work that he curated at London’s Serpentine Gallery under the title Brutal Beauty. It was there that Maja Hoffmann saw the films and offered to fund a conservation programme to preserve them and to make them more generally available through the auspices of the LUMA Foundation. This programme contains a selection of the work spanning a decade.


We are delighted to welcome filmmaker artists Daniel Fawcett, Clara Pais and Nick Hudson to discuss the work of Derek Jarman following the screening.



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The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.