Derek Jarman: A Biography
Fueled by vodka on ice, the occasional bit of Ecstasy, acid, and opium, and innumerable cigarettes, and following an unwavering artistic vision, filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1994, led an outrageous and controversial life.
Jarman's story stretches from his childhood in the bleakness of post-war Britain to his art school days at the Slade and work as a designer for Frederick Ashton, John Gielgud, and Ken Russell. In recounting Jarman's life, biographer Tony Peake tells of Jarman's energetic home movie-making with dazzling friends and a hand-held camera and how it led to distinctive films like Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, and Blue.
Peake's book is also a vivid social and cultural history -- an edgy account of a bohemian existence in the warehouse studios that lined the Thames and of a scene and of friends that included artists David Hockney and Robert Mapplethorpe and actors Tilda Swinton and Julian Sands. A chronicle of sexual fear and repression and inimitable courage and grace in the face of a protracted death, Derek Jarman: A Biography is an honest and brilliant tribute to the uncompromising life and art of Derek Jarman.
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DEREK JARMAN: A BiographyUser Review - Kirkus
An evenhanded, pleasingly earnest, and terrifically thorough biography of the English filmmaker, artist, writer, gay advocate, and all-around mischief-maker.Novelist Peake (Son to the Father, not ... Read full review
Derek Jarman: a biographyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Writer, painter, designer, avant-garde filmmaker, and sometimes gardener, Derek Jarman was a whirlwind of creative activity before his AIDS-related death in 1994. British director Ken Russell, who ... Read full review
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