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Derek Jarman

Richard Salmon Ltd.

Interviewer: Do you see a future?

Derek Jarman: No.

For one who does not conceive of a future, and perhaps cannot, Jarman keeps remarkably busy. Within the last year he has directed his sixth full-length feature film, several rock videos, and one of the ten sections of the new film Aria (each of which is by a different director); had a book published; and mounted this show of 132 paintings from 1986 and ’87. His film The Last of England presents a broken vision of modern civilization, an invocation of a collapsing present by a would-be Blake or Swift. There are bits of family footage (shot by the artist’s father and grandfather), a love story, a pastiche of a royal wedding, and scenes of apocalypse. As visions go, it is both profane and mannered, atmospheric rather than incisive, and a bit too long. The book has the same title as the film and evokes the same mood through snatches of a sort

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