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Mon 25 May 2009 // 19:30
Tue 26 May 2009 // 19:30

(Mon 25th, Tue 26th / 7.30 pm / £4/3)
(Isaac Julien / 76 minutes / UK / 2008 / exempt from certification)

Jarman's career is the subject of Derek, a new documentary by the artist Isaac Julien, which centres around an interview with the film-maker, interspersed with clips of his films and a narration by his muse, Tilda Swinton (she appeared in seven of his movies). The movie was the centrepiece of an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, curated by Julien last year. A homage to Jarman's vision, the show included rarely seen Super-8 shorts, paintings and Jarman's 1993 film Blue.

Jarman was a visionary writer and director of experimental cinema, better known for the films Jubilee and Caravagio and as a gay rights activist in the 80s. He died in 1994 of complications from Aids. In 2002, Swinton delivered a speech to the Edinburgh Film Festival in the form of a posthumous letter to her friend and film-maker, incorporated as part of Julien's film.