Derek Jarman's Blue
Mon 25 May 2009 // 21:00
(Mon 25th, Tue 26th / 9pm / £4/3)
(Derek Jarman / 1993 / UK / 79 minutes)
Blue, Derek Jarman's final film was made as he was dying of AIDS and blind, his vision hijacked by constant blue light. The screen is filled with the colour blue and nothing more, whilst Jarman, with voice contributions from frequent collaborators Tilda Swinton, John Quentin, and Nigel Terry, weaves a poetic, angry, wistful, and sometimes humorous account of his illness and impending mortality. The film is hypnotic and poetic, augmented with music and sound by Jarman's regular composer Simon Fisher-Turner, Brian Eno, Coil, Momus, The King of Luxembourg, and others. The atmospheric wall if sound becomes the film's imagery and is constructed in a highly cinematic way, with abrupt shifts in texture and tone.